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Prevention


Skin Cancer Prevention and Surveillance

It is important that you take steps to prevent the risk of Skin cancers, and to detect any new cancer in yourself and/ or family members as soon as possible.


Regular Skin Checks at Home:

If a mole starts to change in size, shape or colour, this may signify the appearance of a new skin cancer. Similarly, a mole that appears out of the blue, itches or bleeds may be sinister.
Remember the ABCD rule

Asymmetry - one half unlike the other half.
Border irregular - scalloped or poorly circumscribed border.
Colour Variation: From one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black, sometimes white, red or blue.
Diameter larger than 5mm (diameter of a pencil).


Check Your Entire Skin

Be sure to check you entire body surface at least once a month, and nominate a family member or friend to examine your back every month. If there are any changes in your skin in between visits to the clinic, it is important that you book in for a check up promptly.

Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then right and left sides with arms raised. Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms. Examine the backs of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look. Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes and on the sole. Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.


Regular Clinic Checks

It is recommended that you have a full skin check at least annually. Higher risk patients may need to attend more regularly. Our computerized scanning technology helps identify new moles and changes in existing moles.

Make sure you attend for a check at least annually, and encourage your family members who have not been checked to attend for a scan.

Remember - Skin cancer is one of the few cancers that can be detected before it is too late.

To book an appointment or discuss any skin changes please call 9301 1825.


Prevention

Most skin cancers are related to sun exposure, especially UVA and UVB Ultraviolet rays. Simple prevention measures are effective in minimizing exposure:

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially between 10 am to 2 pm
  • Wear protective clothing, sleeves, hats and sunglasses
  • Use a good sunscreen – SPF30, broad spectrum, preferably containing Zinc
  • Reapply sunscreen as per instructions
Sunscreens should be used daily, not just or skin cancer prevention but also to prevent cosmetic damage to the skin – wrinkles, blemishes, capillaries and sunspots.

The very best sunscreens block the entire UV spectrum, and generally contain zinc or titanium. We stock the ASAP Sunscreen with moisturizer – a very high level sunblock which is formulated to vanish on the skin. The oil-free non pore clogging formulation actively hydrates and protects the skin.

Daily use of this superior spectrum sunscreen may reduce the appearance of premature ageing of the skin. It also contains antioxidants to soften and repair, protecting against free radical damage and assisting in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Pensioners, Veterans and Children BULK BILLED.
Conditions apply, please call us for more information.


Remember — Skin Cancer is one of the few cancers that can be diagnosed before it is too late.

If in doubt — get it checked.