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Why yearly skin cancer checks are so important

In Australia we may “love a sunburnt country” however, the sun that we love can do serious harm to our skin. 

Skin Cancer Stats

Did you know that approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 and that in 2018, 2094 people died from skin cancer in Australia, 1429 from melanoma and 665 from non-melanoma skin cancers?

Every year, in Australia:

  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • GP’s perform over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
  • The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rate in Canada, the US and the UK.
Prevention is Better Than Cure

Aside from taking the necessary precautions against the damaging UV rays of the sun such as slip, slop, slap and minimising sun exposure, having skin checks at least once a year with a qualified physician is the best way to reduce the risk of developing a potentially life threatening skin cancer.

The sooner a skin cancer is detected and treated, the better chance you have of avoiding invasive surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma, disfigurement or the possibility of death.

Regular check ups allow a skin physician to monitor changes in your skin and also to provide you with advice on your level of risk and what to look out for.

If you would like to book a skin check consultation or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 07 5531 3205 or enquire via the form on this page.

Source: Cancer Council Australia

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