Monday, January 11, 2016
According to the Australian Academy of Dermatology, one in five Australians will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer, and people with fair skin and light eyes whose skin has a tendency to burn easily in the sun are most susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be detected in their early stages since skin tumors are more visible than tumors of the internal organs.
Three types of cancers account for virtually 100% of skin cancers. The nonmelanomatous skin cancers include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Malignant melanoma is the third, and most deadly, type of skin cancer.Early detection is essential for successful treatment of skin cancers. You should consult your doctor if you have any suspicious skin changes or lesions including:
- Moles that have changed in appearance, bleed, or become itchy
- Mew moles or sores
- Ulcers that do not heal
- Spreading of pigment beyond the borders of a mole or mark
- Moles that have grown or exhibit unusual changes
For a Skin Check please call Sydney Premier Medical & Health Centre in Sydney CBD on 8964 8677.