At Evans Road Medical Centre, we provide comprehensive skin cancer checks and recommend having a skin check-up once a year. Our doctors are aware of the early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the skin cells called Melanocytes and usually occurs on the parts of the body that have been overexposed to the sun. Melanoma is projected to be the third most common cancer diagnosed in Australia in 2020, which along with New Zealand has the world's highest incidence rate for melanoma. Melanoma is more commonly diagnosed in men than women.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A SKIN CHECK
Quite simply, if you have experienced sun damage (sun burn) to your skin, we recommend a skin check. Particularly if you have:
- Had a family member diagnosed with skin cancer
- Previously had a skin cancer of any type
- Grown up in Australia
- Burn easily
- Work that keeps you out in the sun
- Numerous moles
- Any concerns about your skin – Notice a new or changing lesion.
Reference: Cancer Council