Two in every three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
Remaining vigilant about your skin health, and protecting yourself from the harsh effects of the sun could prevent you joining them.
Do not take melanomas, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas lightly.
What causes skin cancer?
Overexposure to UV from the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer. In Australia, it amounts for around 80% of new cancers diagnosed. Leading causes of skin cancer include sunburn, tanning, and solariums.
Our warm, sunny climate means skin cancer should be a grave concern for all individuals with have freckles, moles, or pale skin. This group is at much greater risk of experiencing skin cancer during their lifetime.
With this in mind, it’s important to educate yourself on the symptoms of skin cancer. Identifying skin cancer in its early stages may well save your life!
Spotting the signs of skin cancer
Symptoms of skin cancer may include:
- Irritable or itchy sores that are slow to heal.
- Small lumps, red, pale or white in colour.
- New spots that appear to change in colour or shape/thickness
Skin cancer treatments
Depending on the severity of the cancer, treatment may include ointments, radiation therapy, or even surgery.
Your GP or skin health specialist will let you know the best course of treatment once the skin cancer has been diagnosed.
Protecting yourself from skin cancer
There are a broad range of ways to protect your skin against skin cancer. Sun protection is of course essential. Ensure you wear:
- sun protective clothing,
- SPF30+ sunscreen,
- protective head wear
and also seek shade during the warmest parts of the day. It could mean the difference between avoiding cancer, and being one of the unlucky ones.
Dealing with Sunburn
If you do get sunburnt, try the following remedies to ease the discomfort:
- Put a cold, damp cloth on your skin to take the heat out the sunburn. You may also find a towel soaked in milk over the burnt area helps.
- Use moisturiser containing aloe vera on the sunburnt area
- Don’t touch any blisters causes by sunburn
- Stay hydrated, drinking extra water to prevent dehydration
- Cover your skin while it heals to protect you from the outdoors and UV.
Free skin cancer check ups
Concerned about a possible skin lesion? Call or book an appointment online today for your free skin health check. Our medical team can assist through every step of the process.
About Pulse Medical Algester
Located near the IGA on Algester Road, Pulse Medical offers a broad range of bulk billed medical services for all members of the family.
Servicing the Algester, Calamvale & Sunnybank Hills areas, we have both male & female doctors available.