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Skin cancer or mole: knowing the difference could save your life.

Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers and so early skin cancer diagnosis and management is crucial in preventing its long-term consequences. There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.

Melanoma accounts for 2% of skin cancer diagnoses and whilst its incidence is relatively small, melanoma may be fatal if they are not treated early. It is therefore important to have a good understanding the characteristics of a malignant melanoma, especially as they start as a precancerous lesions and become cancerous over time.

Below are some simple tips to assist you in reviewing your moles and monitoring their changes. Whilst these tips will help clarify the common differences between moles and melanomas, it is important that you make sure any suspicious moles are checked by your skin cancer doctor. […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Facts & Myths, Moles|0 Comments

Men and Skin Cancer

With Australia’s high UV index and naturally sun-harsh environment, it is no surprise we live in a country with the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Whilst melanoma rates are decreasing – as more people are becoming aware of the necessary steps to prevention and early diagnosis – skin cancer rates are still high in Australia, with the incidence higher in men than women.

Our high UV index is not the only reason why Australian men are susceptible to skin cancer; studies have found that Australian men are less likely than women to visit a doctor if they find anything suspicious on their skin – including spots, moles and persistent itches. This is a risky attitude, as early diagnosis is the key is preventing skin cancer deaths. According to the Regional Men’s Health Initiative, an indifferent approach to skin cancer is once of the reasons for this high mortality rate. […]

By |September 21st, 2015|Skin cancer treatment|0 Comments

The benefits of early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer

Many people in Australia are diagnosed with cancers each year, but the skin cancers that lead the pack are non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC). Although these skin cancers are not usually life threatening, it is important to diagnose and treat early, because once someone is diagnosed with a non-melanoma skin cancer, they are at significant risk of other more serious forms of skin cancer. […]

By |September 14th, 2015|Skin cancer treatment|0 Comments

Are you getting enough vitamin D ?

We are constantly being warned about the dangers of excessive sun exposure and skin cancer – and for good reason. In Australia, skin cancer and melanoma rates are dangerously high due to the high levels of both ultraviolet A (ageing) and ultraviolet B (what burns us).

Paradoxically Australians get most of their Vitamin D through exposure of our skin to the sun and getting the right mix – enough sun exposure to make adequate vitamin D but not enough to get skin cancer – can be a real source of confusion. […]

By |September 7th, 2015|Vitamin D|0 Comments
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