Did you know that 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70? Skin cancer affects men and women of all ages, with the highest risk attributed to those with fairer skin and a family history of skin cancer. Early detection is essential for the successful treatment of skin cancer; therefore, Australians are encouraged to undergo skin checks annually. At Shire Doctors and Dentists, we specialise in caring and informing our Sutherland-Shire patients in providing the most well informed skincare checkup.
Contact our experienced team today to discuss your skin health.
Why Is Skin Cancer Prevalent in Australia?
Unfortunately, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer. Anyone can be at risk of developing skin cancer, and this risk increases as you grow older. For the most part, skin cancer is caused by our climate, and in turn, our exposure to UV radiation found in sunlight.
Collectively as a nation that enjoys spending time outside, factors that increase the risk of skin cancer arise from sunburn, tanning, and solarium use. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays without adequate protection can lead to long-term consequences for our skin health.
Who Needs a Skin Check?
Anyone with a risk factor for skin cancer should consider receiving regular whole-body skin check-ups. Skin cancers can even develop on parts of the body that do not receive sun exposure. By proactively monitoring and examining your skin, you can stay one step ahead in safeguarding your health.
Here is a list of risk factors that increase the chance of a person developing skin cancer:
- Family history of skin cancer
- Previous skin cancer diagnosis
- History of severe sunburn, especially during childhood
- Use of solarium
- Presence of a large number of moles and freckles
- Occupational exposure to the sun
- Fair skin that burns easily
- Signs Of Skin Cancer
The sooner skin cancer is detected and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or other invasive treatments. It is crucial to pay attention to any changes in your skin and promptly seek medical advice. Look out for the following signs:
- Non-healing, crusty sores
- Red, pale, or pearly-coloured small lumps on the skin
- New spots, freckles, or moles that change in colour, size, or shape over a short period
- Painful, bleeding, or fast-growing lesions
- What Happens in A Skin Check?
During a skin check at Shire Doctors and Dentists, our experienced doctors will conduct a thorough examination of your entire body, including areas not typically exposed to sunlight. With the aid of a handheld microscope, they will magnify and illuminate the skin to detect any abnormalities or suspicious areas.
You are encouraged to bring up any specific concerns you may have, and the doctor will examine those areas accordingly. In some cases, if a suspicious lesion is identified, a biopsy or excision treatment may be discussed as a means of removing the lesion for further examination. Digital photography may also be utilised for observation of certain moles.
To ensure an unobstructed view of your skin, it is advisable not to wear makeup, artificial tanner, or nail polish to your check-up appointment.
How Long Does a Skin Check Take?
Skin checks generally take between 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the extent of examination required. The duration may vary based on individual factors such as skin type, medical history, and specific concerns. Rest assured, our dedicated doctors will take the time to conduct a comprehensive assessment and discuss any necessary treatments or management strategies based on the results.
At Shire Doctors and Dentists, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for all our patients. Our team of experienced doctors will not only conduct thorough skin examinations but also take the time to address any concerns or questions you may have. We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and guidance to make informed decisions about their skin health.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Shire Doctors and Dentists today to schedule your skin check and take control of your skin health. Early detection saves lives, and with our expertise and personalised care, you can rest assured knowing that your skin is in good hands. Together, let’s prioritise your well-being and ensure a healthy future for your skin.