Melanoma is one of the most dangerous types of cancers. Although it makes up only 2.3% of all cancers it is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths.
Skin Checks at Tatton Medical Centre
Skin check consultations are a safe, non-invasive way to detect, prevent and provide early treatment for skin cancer. Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world!
Here at Tatton Medical Centre, it is our mission to aid in the fight against melanoma by using the latest in dermoscopy technology. Our doctors are specially trained in the identification and treatment of Melanomas and other types of skin cancers.
Changes to look for:
• Irregular shape
• Blurred, fringed or jagged edges/outer boarders
• Unusual colour e.g. dark brown, black-brown, red, grey white
• If it has risen/elevated with an uneven surface
Also, be cautious about:
• New moles
• Growth, bigger or smaller in size, thickness or height
• Lighter, darker or different coloration
• Unusual sensations like itchiness, burning feeling
• Any changes to the surrounding area of the mole e.g. redness, white discoloration or swelling.
Risk factors that may contribute to Skin Cancer:
• Do you have fair skin?
• Is your skin more likely to burn rather than tan?
• Do you have a lot of freckles?
• Have light eye colour?
• Have light colour or red hair?
• Do you get a lot of sun exposure during your day?
• Do you have multiple moles?
• Is there a history of skin cancer in your family?
• Have you been previously diagnosed with melanoma or other non-malignant skin cancers?
• Have you noticed any changes in your moles?
• Have you noticed any new moles on your body?
• Did you have severe, blistering sunburns during childhood or adolescence?
• Have you had chemotherapy or radiotherapy before?
Also, a reminder for women not to wear any make-up, nail polish or moisturiser for skin checks, if you forget we have makeup wipes you can use.
Don’t worry about looking unkempt because natural beauty is on the inside and outside regardless and having a skin check helps to keep it that way
Melanoma is often referred to as Australia’s national cancer. 1 in 17 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma before the age of 85. It is the most common type of cancer in young Australians aged 15-39 and affects men more than woman.
The good news is that melanoma can be identified at an early stage and with a simple treatment can result in a complete cure!!