Skin cancers account for approximately 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia. In fact, Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancer in the world. Recent research has shown that two in three Australians will be diagnosed with a form of skin cancer before the age of 70.
Major causes of skin cancer include ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and from tanning beds. UV radiation damages the skin cells’ DNA, and can lead to the cells mutating. Symptoms of skin cancer differ slightly depending on the type of skin cancer. Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma may initially present as a bump or a rough patch on the skin, while melanomas may appear as lumps or moles on the skin. Most moles are harmless, and some will eventually fade away. However, some moles can become cancerous. Nevertheless, changes in appearance of skin, existing moles or the growth of new moles should be discussed with a doctor.
Routine checks are an essential step to the early detection and prevention of skin cancers. Skin checks involve an examination of the skin, with special care taken to assess spots that may be suspicious. Our practice has a specialised treatment room, whereby full skin checks, biopsies and surgical treatments can be conducted.
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