Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer we have in Australia. Thanks to aggressive public health campaigns like ’Slip Slop Slap’, there’s a high level of awareness in the community about the dangers of overexposure to sunlight. Most of us know that if we develop a lump in our skin, or a pigmented patch, it’s a good idea to have it checked.
Can you spot a skin cancer? The Cancer Council have a fact sheet to help you detect a melanoma. Click here for the Melanoma early detection sheet.
What other sorts or Sunspots are there?
- These spots are thought to be pre-cancerous. If you have any of these spots you should regularly check your skin for any changes.
Solar keratoses or sunspots
- A warning sign you are prone to sun damage and skin cancer
- Appear as red, flattish, scaling dry skin that may sting if scratched
- Appear on areas of skin most often exposed to the sun, like hands and face
- Are most common in people over forty years.
- Harmless coloured spots that range from 1mm to 10mm in diameter
- Uniform in shape and even-coloured
- May be raised
- The more moles or freckles that you have the higher your risk of sun damage
- Need to be observed carefully for any sign of change.
- Spots with a clear edge; they look like they sit on top of the skin
- Most people have a number of these spots by the age of sixty
- Vary in colour from skin colour to brown or black
- Vary in size from a few millimetres to 2 cm or even substantially larger.
Most skin cancer can be prevented by protecting yourself from the sun. Check your skin regularly. If you notice any new or unusual spots, or discover a spot that changes shape, colour or size, the friendly team at Facial Artistry Cosmetic Skin and Vein Clinic can assess and diagnose the problem for you. Most skin cancers can be cured if treated early.
To request an appointment with Dr Bernard Leung for a skin check please call 02 6255 8988.