Skin Cancer Checks
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Even though we live in this beautiful country where being active and outdoors is part of our everyday life, there are things you can do to protect yourself and reduce your risk of developing this almost entirely preventable disease.
Early detection of skin cancers is important. The Cancer Council Australia encourages people to become familiar with their own skin. This means visually inspecting your skin, even those areas not normally exposed to the sun such as between your toes.
Have regular skin checks with your independent doctor, particularly if you notice any change in shape, colour or size of a lesion or if you develop a new lesion.
Use a combination of sun protective measures to protect your skin:
SLIP on clothing to cover your skin
SLOP on broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or above)
SLAP on a hat
SLIDE on some sunglasses
There are a number of independent doctors both male and female at Good Health Greenhills who perform skin cancer checks and Dermoscopy for suspicious lesions. Biopsy and minor excisions for suspect lesions can be performed right here in the surgery. The practice also has an extensive referral network to general surgeons, plastic surgeons and dermatologists for those patients who require specialist care for their skin problem.