About Skin Cancer

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Early detection is the best defence.

What is Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of damaged skin cells, generally caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun.

There are three primary kinds of skin cancer, of which melanoma is the most dangerous. The other two kinds are basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. About 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.

Fortunately, if detected early, skin cancer can be one of the most treatable cancers.

Common Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors that increase the potential of you having a skin cancer, are:

  • A family member has had a skin cancer treated
  • You have been sunburnt, particularly as a child
  • You have used a solarium
  • You have many moles or freckles on your body
  • You work outdoors, or regularly enjoy outdoor sports and activities
  • You have very fair skin
  • You have previously had skin cancer

Early Detection at Enriching Health Medical

Early detection of skin cancer is vital in treating skin cancer. At Enriching Health Medical, our highly trained doctors and nurses offer a comprehensive skin cancer early detection and treatment service, including:

Self-Monitoring Advice

You have an important role to play in the early detection of skin cancer!

Some things to look out for on your and your family’s bodies are:

  • A mole or freckle that seems very different from the rest
  • A new or changing mole or freckle. Changes may be in size, shape, texture, or colour
  • Sores on the skin that don’t heal, and that are inflamed, itching or scaly.
  • A mole or spot that is persistently bleeding.

Book your Skin Check Today

A skin check takes 15 minutes, and can make a lifetime of difference.