Recent media attention has once again brought sunscreen into the spotlight and has people questioning whether it is truly safe for regular use. This comes from a study by the American FDA that ingredients in sunscreen may be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, the fact that sunscreen is absorbed into […]
Skin cancer is a common and possibly life-threatening disease that often suffers from misconceptions. In order to understand what skin cancer is, and what it means for Australians, it is important to put this disease in perspective through some facts and statistics.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia, with two in three people diagnosed in their lifetime. With over 2000 people a year dying from skin cancer in the country it is vital to know fact from fiction. Here are five common myths about skin cancer that […]
Skin cancer prevention is an important part of keeping yourself healthy, especially if you are regularly exposed to the sun, have fair skin, light hair and light-coloured eyes.
In addition to checking yourself for any possible changes – which you should do every three months – there are also easy, […]
Keeping on top of skin cancer doesn’t have to be difficult. Although conducting self-checks for skin cancer once every three months is important, regularly getting your skin looked at by a professional is essential for early detection, treatment and prevention.
At SunDoctors, we welcome new patients to come in for […]
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Australia, with thousands of Australians diagnosed every year. In fact, according to the Cancer Council:
More than 750,000 Australians are treated each year for at least one non-melanoma skin cancers, with over 2,000 deaths annually
Around 2 in 3 Australians […]
Most people know that suffering through shingles is no picnic. But how much do we actually know about this virus? What causes it and how is it treated? Can you go outside with shingles? And is there a link between shingles and sun exposure?
What is shingles?
Shingles is similar in nature […]
There is a lot of information around about which type of sunscreen or which sun protection method is best, but which sources should we trust? According to the Cancer Council and SunSmart, a water resistant sunscreen with at least a SPF 30+ rating should be used. These organisations, along with the Australasian College of Dermatologists, say sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before heading outdoors.
Sunscreen provides a protective barrier between your skin and the sun by adding a layer of chemical absorbers and physical blockers to your skin. Chemical absorbers absorb UV radiation before it comes in contact with the skin, and physical blockers cause the UV radiation to reflect off the skin.
What about some of the other myths or practises that you may have heard in the past? What’s right and what’s wrong and who should be believed? Here are some answers to common sunscreen myths for you to consider: […]
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. […]
There are many myths and misconceptions about sun protection and skin cancer. With Australia having one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, it is extremely important to get the facts right so we can all play it safe in the sun.
One of the most common sun protection misunderstandings is the belief that we only need to be aware of sun exposure during hot, sunny days. This is far from the truth. In fact, UV radiation – which causes sunburn – is not related to temperature. UV rays can penetrate clouds and become even stronger as they reflect off the bottom of cloud coverage. By checking the UV Ray Index every day, you can get a better idea of how much attention you need to pay to sun protection; any reading above three indicates a high risk of harm. […]