It’s well known that Australians have a higher risk of being diagnosed with skin cancer due to more extreme UV exposure than in other parts of the world. Geelong is no exception to that and with the warmer weather on the way it’s worth talking about skin checks and early detection of cancerous or precancerous cells.
You’ve probably heard of Melanoma but there are three main skin cancer types that welook for.
Annual skin checks are recommended from as young as 20 years of age. This is especially important for higher risk groups such as fair skinned people, red heads, and people with lot of moles.
Occasionally melanoma can arise in non sun exposed areas of the skin as well which is more common if you have a family history of the disease.
Kardinia Health offer fully comprehensive skin checks using our state-of-the-art facilities.
We use a dermatoscope, which is a non invasive dermatological light that assists us in examining pigmented lesions. This helps us identify normal moles from those that should be removed or biopsied.
We also recommend skin photography for people with a lot of moles. This helps us gain a long term picture of changes in the skin.
There are a number of signs that you can look out for as well.
When something concerning is found there are a number of treatment options available.
If you’re interested in booking a skin check please contact reception on (03) 5202 9333 and mention that you’re wanting your skin checked so that an appointment of an appropriate length is booked.