Skin Cancer can affect anyone
Did you know each year in Australia:
- Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
- More than 750,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancer.
- We have the highest incident of skin cancer in the world, 2 to 3 times the rates in Canada, the US, and the UK.
What is Skin Cancer?
- Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
- There are three main types of cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma.
- Squamous cell carcinoma.
- Melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Causes of Skin Cancer:
- Sunburn causes 95% of melanomas.
- Sunburn is also common on cooler or overcast days.
- Sun exposure that doesn’t result in burning can still cause damage to skin cells and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to enough UV radiation to damage your skin.
- Fake tan does not provide protection against UV radiation.
What you should do:
- The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a melanoma, potential disfigurement or even death.
- Become familiar with the look of your skin, so you can pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:
- Any crusty, non-healing sores.
- Small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour.
- New spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months.
Talk to one of our GP’s today to have a complete skin check-up.