Author: DR SCOTT HORSBURGH, ANNERLEY
Do you have moles and freckles?
Most of us do.
They usually appear during childhood or in our teen years. The more you have, the higher your risk of skin cancer.
It’s a common misconception that only ‘old’ people are at risk of skin cancer. In fact melanoma is actually the most commonly diagnosed cancer in 15- 34 year olds in Queensland. What’s more, one in two Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime! Yikes!
Luckily, if detected early, 95% of all skin cancers can be cured.
Regardless of your skin type, all skin can be damaged by too much radiation so it’s important to know your skin and check it regularly. Remember to check your whole body including scalp, ears and feet.
Here’s what to look for in your spots or moles:
- Has it increased in size or become raised?
- Has it changed in colour?
- Is the surface rough or scaly?
- Does it itch, bleed or tingle?
If you notice changes like these above, it doesn’t mean you have skin cancer, but it is important to see a SmartClinics Doctor for further investigation. Any moles found to be suspicious or changing in appearance will need to be removed. The sooner a skin cancer is identified, the higher your chances of avoiding surgery, illness or even death.
While many SmartClinics GP’s can perform this investigation, the following Doctors have additional qualifications, skills and experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer:
- Dr Scott Horsburgh (Annerley)
- Dr Peter Baker (Chermside)
- Dr Innes Campbell (Windsor)
- Dr Ian Mannion (West End)
- Dr Ramin Harirchian (Carseldine)
- Dr Frank Occhino (Corinda)
Book your skin check at your local clinic or visit www.smartclinics.com.au for a list of all clinic details.
Don’t forget to be sun smart by sitting in the shade, wearing a hat and clothes with sleeves and a collar. Also avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm. Please don’t roast yourself this summer!