Who Should Get A Skin Check?
One in three Australians will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. The fact is that if you live in Queensland you are at risk of developing skin cancer as we have one of the highest rates in the world. A simple episode of sunburn in early life can be the life changing moment. If you have had significant sun-exposure, work in a job that exposes you to UV radiation, have a family or personal history of skin cancers, or have multiple moles, consider having your skin check. A simple 20-minute check can be life saving.
Facts on skin cancer
- Queensland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the World
- 1 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer
- One episode of sunburn doubles your risk of developing melanoma
- Early skin cancer detection provides the highest survival rate
- Removing sun damage can reduce the chance of developing skin cancer
- If you have a new or changing mole- get it checked
- Skin cancers can present as red patches, changing moles, or symptoms such as itch or bleeding in long standing moles
- Skin cancer doctors use special photographic and dermatoscopic imaging to diagnose potential skin cancer lesions
Consider a skin check if
If you are a ‘moley’ person
The more moles you have, the higher the incidence of melanoma. If can count more moles than you have digits, you may want to consider getting a skin check. Our doctors may use dermatoscopic imaging procedures to keep track of your moles .
If you have fair or freckly skin
Patients who have fair skin, easily burn or freckle easily are at much higher risk of developing melanoma and non- melanoma skin cancers. The high UV index of Brisbane, coupled with fair complexion reflex the fact that we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the World.
You have a previous history of skin cancer
Having one skin cancer will predispose you to getting another. In fact up to 90% of patients will develop another skin cancer within 5 years of developing the first. Other risk factors include solar keratosis or sunspots.
If you have a family history of skin cancer
Genetics play an important role in developing melanomas, abnormal moles and also non-melanoma skin cancer. Your risks are increased if you have a direct family history of melanoma, dysplastic naevi, or multiple basal cell cancers.
If you have had significant sun exposure or have been sunburnt
Did you know only one episode of sunburn in childhood doubles your risk of melanoma? Sun exposure will also increase the likelihood of developing non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell cancers, squamous cell cancers, dysplastic moles, and solar keratotis and sun spots. If you work in an out door occupation- you should consider getting a regular skin check.