Mole checks and skin cancer checks Brisbane

CAN YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCE?

 

Did you know that Queensland is referred to as ‘the skin cancer capital of the world?’ There are almost 1 million new skin cancers diagnosed in Australia each year and 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer by age 70. Non-melanoma skin cancers (such as basal cell cancers, or BCC, and squamous cell cancers, or SCC) are now almost 7 times as common as all other cancers combined. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, Australia also has the highest rate (per capita) of melanomas in the world.

Oxford St Medical Centre – Doctors on Oxford: experienced in mole checks and skin cancer checks
Servicing Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside, Murrarie, Norman Park, and greater Brisbane

There are many reasons for this; many Australians have fair skin, Queenslanders enjoy world-class beaches and an outdoor lifestyle, and the average UV index in Queensland is greater than 3 (when sun protection is recommended) every month of the year.

Oxford St Medical Centre – Doctors on Oxford: experienced in mole checks and skin cancer checks
Servicing Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside, Murrarie, Norman Park, and greater Brisbane

We are all familiar with the ‘slip, slop, slap’ campaign (now ‘slip, slop, slap, seek, slide’). To protect yourself from skin cancer, you should slip on a shirt (preferably with long sleeves), slop on sunscreen (at least SPF 30 or above, applied generously, and reapplied every 2 hours, or more often if swimming or sweating), slap on a hat (ideally with a wide brim), as well as seek the shade (from trees or structures), and slide on sunglasses (preferably the wrap-around style).

Oxford St Medical Centre – Doctors on Oxford: experienced in mole checks and skin cancer checks
Servicing Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside, Murrarie, Norman Park, and greater Brisbane

What else can be done to protect yourself from skin cancer? Well, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your own skin, and check it on a regular basis. We can only easily see half of our own skin surface however, so using mirrors or getting your partner to help can be useful.

Oxford St Medical Centre – Doctors on Oxford: experienced in mole checks and skin cancer checks
Servicing Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside, Murrarie, Norman Park, and greater Brisbane

What should you look for? There are several qualities that make a skin lesion suspicious: change in size, shape, colour, or texture, soreness for no apparent reason, a tendency to bleed easily, or looking abnormal or different to other spots around it.

Oxford St Medical Centre – Doctors on Oxford: experienced in mole checks and skin cancer checks
Servicing Bulimba, Balmoral, Hawthorne, Morningside, Murrarie, Norman Park, and greater Brisbane

If in doubt about a particular mole, or if concerned you may be at risk of skin cancer, getting a skin cancer check by a doctor can be a good idea. However, not all doctors are experienced in diagnosed or treating skin cancer. So it’s important to find a doctor who is. At Oxford St Medical Centre, we are lucky to have both Dr Paul Bryan (a Skin Cancer College of Australasia-accredited skin cancer doctor) and Dr Wendy Wong (who has extensive experience in minor surgery) who are accepting new patients. They would be happy to offer you a mole or skin cancer check. Simply call our clinic or book online. Same day appointments are available now.

This should not replace advise from your medical practitioner and should be based on your individual circumstances.

Regular Skin Checks save lives.

Book your skin check now with our qualified GPs.