Skin Cancer Screening Checks in Melbourne
Think you don’t need to worry about skin cancer? Think again. Most Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point during their lifetime, but you can catch it early by booking in for a skin cancer screening assessment in Hawthorn, Melbourne at our conveniently located skin cancer detection clinic.
At DermaMed, we offer a comprehensive full body skin cancer check for only $70 out of pocket fee (after medicare rebate).
Skin Cancer Facts and Figures
In Australia, every year:
- Skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
- Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
- Melanoma is the most common cancer in people aged 15-44 years.
- Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (1), melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in both women and men.
- Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, at nearly four times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.
- GPs in Australia have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer.
- Around 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. In 2011, 543 people died from non-melanoma skin cancers.
- 11,405 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma in 2010. In 2011, 1544 Australians died from melanoma.
Are you at high risk of skin cancer?
People at higher risk of skin cancer are those who:
- previously had a skin cancer and/or have a family history of skin cancer, especially melanomas.
- have a large number of moles on their skin
- have fair skin that is sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and burns easily
- have a history of severe/blistering sunburns
- spend lots of time outdoors, unprotected, during their lifetime, including working outdoors.
- actively tan or use solariums, sunlamps and sunbeds
When to get a skin cancer check
It is important to know when you should organise to get a check-up. Schedule in your skin cancer check today if:
- you have developed a new spot that is different from other spots around it
- a spot, mole or unusual freckle that has changed in shape, size, or colour
- you have a sore that doesn’t heal
- any skin spot that you are worried about.
We recommend a full skin cancer screening (even in Melbourne where the sun is notoriously absent) at least every 12 months, and more if you are at higher risk of skin cancers (see above).
Detection And Diagnosis
Skin Cancer Removal
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Between 95 and 99% of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to the sun. There are 3 main types of Skin Cancers:
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)