In Australia, one of the most common forms of cancer is skin cancer. Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma by the time they are 70. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.
There are many different types of skin cancer and knowing what to look for is vital when identifying abnormalities. The three main types of skin cancer are:
- basal cell carcinoma
- squamous cell carcinoma
- melanoma– the most dangerous form of skin cancer
Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer. Early detection is key to effective treatment, which is why it’s important to schedule regular skin checks with your GP.
Recent studies show that a yearly skin check can reduce deaths due to melanoma by 50%. While regular skin checks are recommended for everyone, Australians over the age of 40 are encouraged to incorporate skin tests into their annual check up, as there is a marked increase in the incidence of melanomas over this age.
Australians of all ages are urged to use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:
- slip on sun-protective clothing
- slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen
- slap on a broad-brimmed hat
- seek shade
- slide on sunglasses
A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regular checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
At MyClinic, our comprehensive skin checks will take up to 30 minutes. Our Doctors can check the whole body and perform simple procedures should any abnormalities be identified.
If you have any concerns about your skin, please consult your GP.