Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia, with over 17 thousand new cases diagnosed each year. The good news is that skin cancer is also one of the most treatable cancers, if it is caught early.
That’s why it is so important to get regular skin cancer checks. A skin cancer check is a visual examination of your skin by a doctor or other healthcare professional. They will look for any suspicious moles, growths, or changes in your skin.
There are three main reasons why getting regular skin cancer checks can help prevent cancer:
- Early detection. The earlier skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. In fact, studies have shown that people who are diagnosed with melanoma (the most serious type of skin cancer) at an early stage have a 99% survival rate.
- Prompt treatment. If a suspicious mole or growth is found during a skin cancer check, it can be removed right away. This helps to prevent the cancer from spreading.
- Peace of mind. Knowing that you have had a recent skin cancer check can give you peace of mind. You can relax and enjoy your life without worrying about skin cancer.
Here are some additional information about skin cancer:
- There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
- Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It is usually slow-growing and rarely spreads.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It is more likely to spread than basal cell carcinoma, but it is still usually treatable.
- Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, but it is the most serious. Melanoma can spread quickly and can be fatal if not treated.
If you have any concerns about skin cancer, talk to your doctor. They can help you determine your risk for skin cancer and recommend the best course of treatment.
I hope this blog post has been informative. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact QC Skin Clinic