Get your spots checked

THERE aren’t many ways to prevent skin cancer but the best way to keep track of any suspicious spots is to have regular checkups at your local MoleScan branch.

Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world and at least two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

You should be checking regularly at any additional spots, freckles or bumps and lumps on you and once identified, then head to your local GP or Molescan.

The Molescan will rub baby oil on an instrument which traces and looks for any signs of skin cancer on your body. It is recommended to get a full body scan at least once a year.

Those with sensitive skin to the sun should get checked every three to six months.

The three most common skin cancers are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma each of which is named after the type of skin cell from which it arises. Skin cancer generally develops in the epidermis which is the outermost layer of skin, so a tumor is usually clearly visible.

This makes most skin cancers detectable in the early stages.

Statistics show that if found early, 95 per cent of cancers can be cured.

Types of surgery include – freezing, scraping, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Scanning of moles can ease your mind and is also not expensive. It costs around $100 which covers a free visit within three months and they book an appointment for you for the next 12 months.

You will get around$30 of this back from Medicare.

And it is important to remember that you can still get burnt and affected by the sun during winter. So keep getting check-ups and look for different coloured spots on your skin. Once spotted, get it checked because it is your life at stake.

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