SHOULD I HAVE A SKIN CHECK?
Absolutely! If you are living in Australia, you are at risk of skin cancers. The truth is, no one is immune to skin cancers and everyone will benefit from early detection.
Every year, in Australia:
skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
the majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
the incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, America and the UK.
By the time you can see or feel a skin cancer, it is already at the next stage of growth, which can make them more complex to treat. Fortunately, with regular skin checks, skin cancers can be detected now at an early stage.
BOOKING YOUR SKIN CHECK
It is recommended to have skin checks at least once per year. A skin check appointment only takes 15 mins and could potentially save your life. If you have not had one in the past 12 months, call reception now on 07 3341 7244 to book. Alternatively you can book now online by clicking on the blue tab.
Please wear clothing that is easy to remove. Underwear is not removed as part of the skin cancer check.
As the face is one of the most common sites for skin cancer it is essential that no make-up is worn. Nail polish can hide melanomas that grow under nails, so it should be avoided as well.
Please ask at reception when booking your skin check for current fees. Medicare rebates are available for all skin checks.