600,000 Aussies get burnt every weekend. 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70. In 2011, 2087 people died from skin cancer in Australia. Will you be a statistic?
It is important to consider annual skin checks with your dermatologist if you feel you may be at risk of developing skin cancer. A consultation will involve gauging your risk of skin cancer, thoroughly checking your skin and moles, sun protection methods and will provide practical ways to detect and treat skin cancer early. It is important to remember that people with skin of colour are not immune to skin cancer. Infact, melanomas on the palms, soles and nails occur more commonly in those with pigmented skin. Skin cancers are often diagnosed later in those with skin of colour, which results in more complications and a higher death rate in this population. Protecting from the sun helps prevent
- Skin cancers
- Premature skin aging
- Sun spots
- Pigmentation (hyperlink to pigmentary disorders page)