Did you know:
2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
More than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia.
Skin cancers can develop at any time so sun protection measures and skin checks should not be neglected during the cooler months. People need to be aware that skin lesions from sun damage during summer months won’t be obvious straight away.
It may take months or years for the damage to develop into a 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, potential disfigurement or even death.
It is also recommended to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection. Visit your GP today and get your skin checked.
Dr Bhaskar Konduru is conducting skin checks here at Tuggerah Medical Centre on a Thursday. Ring reception on 02 4352 8688 to book an appointment.