Preventing skin cancer this summer
O’Connell St Medical Centre is a comprehensive general practice facility that opened in 2014 to serve the healthcare needs of those who work or live in the centre of Sydney.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Skin Cancer This Summer
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in
the world but Skin cancer found early can be usually be
successfully treated. The sooner a skin cancer is
identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding
surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other
skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
It is a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of
risk and for advice on early detection but if you are living
in Australia, you are at risk of skin cancers. The truth is,
no one is immune to skin cancers and everyone will
benefit from annual skin checks and early detection.
Some people are a little embarrassed to show our
doctors a spot that concerns them, thinking they may
see it as trivial. It is never a trivial matter for a doctor to
assess a spot, however small and insignificant it may
look. Doctors have diagnosed melanoma at 2mm across
in size. That is just a little larger than a pin head. At such
an early stage, melanoma can almost certainly be cured
It's important to get to know your skin and what is
normal for you so changes will be quickly noticed. Don't
just rely on the annual skin check by your doctor to
detect any suspicious spots. By the time you can see or
feel a skin cancer, it is already at the next stage of
growth, which can make them more complex to treat.
Our list of skin cancer prevention tips for this
holiday season are:
1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
2. Do not burn, try to avoid tanning and cover up with
3. Always wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking
4. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF
of 15 or higher every day.
5. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad
spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or
6. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
7. See your physician every year for a professional skin
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