Skin cancer in Australia is serious business, with 2 in 3 Australian’s facing a skin cancer diagnosis by the age of 70. Prevention and early detection and treatment are key to a successful outcome, and the team at My Skin Centre make this process a simple one. There are three main types of skin cancer in Australia with squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each has a different appearance and potential risks, with melanoma being the most serious due to its fast growing nature.
My Skin Centre offers a full range of skin cancer services in Perth, from detection through to treatment. We are experienced in screening for a range of skin abnormalities, including skin cancer. By booking an appointment at one of our skin clinics, we can do a full skin body check to determine the health of your skin.
Our skin cancer screening specialists use a method called dermoscopy, where we can view the skin in detail through a handheld device. Often skin cancers can be in unusual places which may go unnoticed until it is too late. With our specialised equipment and about 15 minutes of your time, we can pinpoint any unusual moles and investigate them further. Rest assured the procedure is painless and non invasive and your comfort is our highest priority.
One of the main causes of skin cancer is the sun. In Australia we have a harsh, hot climate and it doesn’t take long for the UV rays to do their damage. There are ways to lessen your chances of getting skin cancer, and it all starts with the popular slogan:
Protecting yourself from the sun can decrease your chances of getting skin cancer. When you remember to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide your skin will thank you for it.
SLIP on a shirt. If possible long sleeves and a collar will give you the best protection from the sun. For longer periods spent outdoors such as when you are cycling, or working, look for specialised clothing with included sun protection.
SLOP on some sunscreen. Look for SPF50+ varieties and apply, and reapply as directed on the label. Be generous with your application, and take into consideration whether you need water resistance, and sweat resistance. Remember, the only good tan is a fake tan and SPF4 sunscreen is not recommended.
SLAP on a hat. This should be a broad rimmed, or legionnaire hat. A good hat will offer you protection for your eyes, face, ears, and neck.
SEEK shade. Standing outdoors in the full sun can quickly lead to sunburn. Even before any visible signs appear you could be doing your skin irreversible damage. Seek shade where possible, for example a big leafy tree, outdoor pergola, or a sun protective beach tent.
SLIDE on some sunglasses. Choose a pair which cover as much of your eye area as possible, and have a high sun protection rating.
In addition, you can check the local UV index in your area which will give you an indication of the type of sun protection required. You can still get skin damage in winter so the temperature is not always the best way to measure the risk factor.
Just like your annual trip to the dentist for a check-up, or getting your car serviced, an annual skin and mole check should be one habit you don’t break. Our annual skin screening service will detect and potentially catch any suspicious lesions.
It is important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and once a year should be the minimum. Depending on your skin type and history of skin cancer your doctor may ask for you to have skin checks every 3-6 months. When we keep a record of your skin, any changes can be flagged at your next visit. We have a number of skin and mole check screening clinics throughout Perth, and there is sure to be a convenient location near you.
Skin cancer might not be something we are used to talking about, but it should be! Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member to book a skin spot check with you, and have an open discussion about moles. Sun protection can be forgotten, but if you are wearing a hat and sunscreen, it will encourage others to do the same.
This is not something to feel embarrassed about, as talking about the risk of skin cancer, and sharing your mole check stories, could just save a life
Contact us today to learn more about our skin cancer screening services in Perth. Our friendly staff would love to hear from you.
With multiple locations throughout Perth and the South West there is a clinic near you!