Having a regular skin check in Australia is like communicating with distant relatives at that annual, inescapable, family gathering. It’s timely, not particularly interesting, but it absolutely must be done.
It’s no secret that the Australian sun is incredibly strong, and can have a detrimental effect on your skin. Having a regular skin check in Australia is the one way you can make an effort to remain in control of your skin.
Although wearing a hat, well-covered clothing and sunscreen are great ways to protect your skin from the sun, it is still extremely important to get a regular medical skin check in Australia. Often in hot weather, these precautions are not always readily available, and it only takes a short window for the sun to penetrate the skin.
What will a regular skin check in Australia avoid?
According to Cancer Council, Australia’s leading cancer charity, 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, the US and the UK
Our medical skin specialists and GPs in Cranbourne, recommend visiting once or twice a year for a medical skin check in Australia. This time frame usually means that any present melanomas can be detected at a early stage, having a 90% chance of curing, if treated directly.
Our Cranbourne Doctors use a variety of tools and techniques to thoroughly examine the skin, all of which go beyond what the naked eye can see. Making it a necessity that, in addition to self-checking, you have a professional skin check in Australia a minimum of once a year.
The hole in the ozone layer can increase the need of a skin check in Australia?
The ozone hole is commonly believed to be the reason that Australian and New Zealand skin cancer rates appear to be through the roof. However, the Montreal Protocol has proven successful in facilitating ozone repair, and has since found no considerable difference to skin cancer rates in Australia and New Zealand.
Through migration, Australia and New Zealand have been populated by people with fair skin and with ancestors who come from climates less-exposed to the sun. Skin cancer often forms when the DNA in the skin is damaged, often from a lack of protective pigmentation in the skin when exposed to the sun. Protective pigmentation is commonly scarce in fair skin, often making it more of a problem for people with Scandinavian, Canadian, American or UK backgrounds.
This makes it increasingly important to receive a regular skin check in Australia, and with our bulk billing doctors in Cranbourne, you can receive this treatment free of charge.