Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Anyone is at risk at developing skin cancer, with the risk increasing as you get older. Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer, but the good news is that nearly all skin cancers can be treated if they are found early. Knowing what to look for is very important, make sure to have a regular skin check booked in, your doctor has a special microscope to better identify problem areas.
There are 5 simple ways to protect yourself from the sun:
There are many different types of skin cancer, each of which can look different on the skin.
If you have noticed something unusual on your skin that might suggest skin cancer, such as; crusty non-healing sores, small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour, new spots, freckles or any moles changing colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months, it is very important to see your GP as soon as possible.
Don’t try to identify a skin cancer on your own, your GP is experienced at identifying problem areas. Your GP may need to take a small punch biopsy to send for testing. Further steps will be advised once you have a diagnosis.
Skin cancers can almost always be removed. In more advanced skin cancers, some of the surrounding tissue may also be surgically removed to make sure that all of the cancerous cells have been taken out.
Surgery is the most common treatment for removing skin cancer (usually under a local anaesthetic). Common skin cancers can be treated with ointments or radiation therapy (radiotherapy). Skin cancer can also be removed with cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze the cancer off), curettage (scraping) or cautery (burning).
Westridge Medical Toowoomba covers all of your skin cancer needs from initial examination through to diagnosis, treatments, follow ups and future prevention. We do encourage all adults to have regular and thorough skin checks, as early detection provides a better chance of avoiding surgery or in the case of serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
Be Sun Smart. Remember to Slip on sun protective clothing, Slop on your sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek Shade and Slide on some glasses!