When was your last skin check?
Posted on February 26 2019
A skin check is important to detect early skin cancer lesions. This enables management of smaller lesions as they appear and the ability to treat and control before they become more dangerous, which often requires surgical excisions. It's important to note Skin cancer has a high cure rate when it is detected early.
Skin Cancer screening at our Skin Health Clinic hosted by Dr Kath Reynolds will detect skin cancer lesions early, it is however important that you regularly exam your own skin, to be aware of any changes that may occur and to seek medical advice if you have a concern. Dr Kath will explain how to do this in your annual skin check.
One helpful tool is to take photographs of your skin or at your appointment your doctor will take photos of anything that might need to be watched over the years for changes or size difference.
A diagnosis of skin cancers requires years of training and clinical experience. There are many different types of skin cancers and they can look very different. In addition to an examination, a biopsy or cryotherapy may is also performed.
Pre-Cancerous Skin Cells
Sunspots which are also known as actinic keratoses or solar keratoses are precancerous spots that occur on the skin with sun damage. They occur in sun-exposed areas such as the face, hands, and arms and can also occur on the lower legs, especially in Australia. We see may clients whom suffer from these types of pre-cancerous skin cells. It is recommended they are treated and this can be done via your Skin Check with Dr Kath or via Laser Resurfacing.
We do not know exactly however many of these will turn into cancerous conditions but we believe around 10-15% will do this. It is for this reason that it is important to have good control of sunspots to prevent their transition to cancer.
Some helpful Skin Advice...
The best ways to help limit your risk of developing a skin cancer is sun protection and avoidance.
Wearing a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, protective tight-weaved clothing and choosing to sit in the shade are all very important. Sunscreens are also important. A high SPF sunscreen should be applied in generous amounts 20 minutes prior to going out in the sun. It is also advised that these are reapplied every 2-3 hours and also if you have been swimming or in contact with water.
Importantly, please note that a moisturiser which contains a sunscreen applied in the morning will likely not be able to protect you at lunchtime.
To book your annual Skin Check click the following link online or call 52217676 to book