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Melanoma, skin cancers continues to increase; currently, almost 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally every year. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. More than 1850 Australians die from this disease. Two of every three Australians will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Skin cancer, while on the rise, is the easiest to cure if diagnosed and treated early. Australia has greatly improved their skin cancer survival rates with the improved awareness of skin cancer prevention and care. Australia’s improved skin cancer survival rates are generally higher than in other countries because they are more aware of the signs of skin cancer and are detecting skin cancers earlier.

old kin & young skinTo maintain skin health, a skin check guide should be adopted. Your doctor can perform a full body exam first, checking any moles or freckles you may have, as well as discussing your risks.  Once you feel comfortable doing a skin check, it is recommended you perform a ten minute skin check often enough to become a habit while not enough to be a bother; once a month is recommended. Being familiar with your skin, you will now notice any changes sooner.

Your skin check should be from head to toe. Areas not normally in contact with the sun should also be check thoroughly. After performing your skin check, if you see any changes do not ignore them. Consult your doctor if you notice changes such as new moles, moles that are asymmetric, have irregular borders, varied colors or are evolving in size or shape. The more often you perform your skin check guide, the more familiar you will be with early changes. It is this early detection that can make the difference between life and disfigurement or death.

For healthy skin in Australia’s sunny climate, there are preventative measures that will protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

–          Avoid sun exposure, especially from 11am to 3 pm

–          Wear protective clothing and a hat when you go outside

–          Wear sunglasses that wrap and are rated to block 99% of UVA sunlight

–          Don’t use tanning booths or sunlamps

–          If you need to be in the sun, use sunscreens with a SPF (Skin Protection Factor) of 30 or more. Seek shade if you are able.

The majority of skin cancers are treatable. Australia is leading the world in skin cancer prevention. Performing regular skin checks, avoiding the sun and protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays are the best ways to maintain healthy and beautiful skin.

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