Over time, our skin ages. We don’t see many of these subtle changes but it’s happening. Also, moles or other skin blemishes change over time – sometimes slowly, sometimes more rapidly, but one thing is for sure, we don’t normally see or detect these changes until it’s too late.
Fact: 2 out of 3 Australians will develop skin cancer
The best thing you can do for your skin's health is keep an eye on it and specifically note and be aware of any changes
Skin Cancer – Am I at risk?
- Have you noticed - A sore that will not heal?
- A new mole that looks unusual?
- A mole that has recently changed colour, size, shape or has started to itch or bleed?
- Spots or lumps that bleed easily when rubbed?
- New lumps & bumps (any colour)?
- Crusty, scaling spots or scabs?
Our Doctors will examine the spots/lesions and depending on the diagnosis may elect to treat it, monitor it or reassure you that it is harmless.
There are 3 main types of Skin Cancer:
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
Know Your Skin Type
Type 1: Always burns easily, never tans, extremely sun sensitive.
Type 2: Usually burns, difficulty tanning
Type 3: Sometimes burns, gradually to light brown, minimally sun sensitive.
Type 4: Burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown, minimally sun sensitive.
Type 5: Very rarely burns, tans very easily, not sensitive to sun.
Type 6: Never burns, deeply pigmented, skin not sensitive to sun.