Why You Should Never Be Blasé about Skin Cancer


You don't have to be a sun-loving beach bum to be at great risk of contracting skin cancer. Statistics show that as many as one in two people can expect to deal with some form of cancer before they get to an advanced age and although medical science is making great strides in this area, it's still a scary thought. Those who live in Australia are typically exposed to more sunlight than the average person, so it pays to take care and, specifically, to check for any signs of trouble on a regular basis. What should you be looking out for to protect yourself?

Focus

Skin problems may materialise much later in life, but they can typically originate years or even decades earlier. Some forms of skin cancer can affect young adults or teenagers, so everyone should be on the lookout for issues — even if they spend all their time indoors these days.

Regular Check

You should get into the habit of checking all over your body for anything unusual, at least once per month. Almost everybody has some blemishes, moles or freckles, but you need to be looking out for any abnormality. If a mole seems to be changing its colour, shape or size, for example, then you should get an expert to look at it.

Most Common Skin Cancers

  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and typically appears as a lump or scaly area that can be brown or red in colour. If you have a sore that seems to come and go but is always evident in some form, this should be looked at.
  • A squamous cell carcinoma is more unusual but is typically identified by a spot that tends to bleed quite easily if scratched but will then crust over.
  • A mole that seems to change its size or general appearance is usually classified as a melanoma. It can spread to other areas of the body quite quickly if not caught in time.

Consultation

If you're worried about anything to do with your skin then you should consult with your family doctor first. He or she may then refer you to a dermatologist, who may order a biopsy to check for the presence of cancer. Not every imperfection is a sign of cancer, so you needn't panic necessarily, but it's always best to be safe rather than sorry. Consult with a professional dermatologist like those at Darwin Dermatology if you have any questions.

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Getting to Know Your GP

Getting to know your GP is one of the wisest things you can do. For many years, I avoided all contact with my GP. I would always tell myself that whatever ailment I was suffering from, it wasn't anything that I couldn't fix with a few painkillers and a glass of water. Thankfully, one day, I bumped into my GP in the street. We started talking and started to become friends. I still avoided the medical centre, but now and again I would visit his home for a cup of coffee. On one of my visits, the doctor noticed that I didn't look well. He referred me to the hospital and they discovered that I had an infection in my lung. After treatment, I am now fighting fit again. I now always attend all of my medical appointments and I would like to encourage you to do the same.

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