One in three Australians will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime. The fact is that if you live in Queensland you are at risk of developing skin cancer as we have one of the highest rates in the world. A simple episode of sunburn in early life can be the life changing moment. If you have had significant sun-exposure, work in a job that exposes you to UV radiation, have a family or personal history of skin cancers, or have multiple moles, consider having your skin check. A simple 20-minute check can be life saving.
Facts on skin cancer
Consider a skin check if
People who have had IECs are at greater risk of developing other forms of skin cancer such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma or melanoma. It is therefore important for people treated for IEC to continue to have regular skin checks performed by their GP, My Skin Cancer doctor or Dermatologist.
These 3 forms of skin cancers account for the majority of skin cancers seen in Queensland.
BCCs or basal cell cancers are ‘good cancers’. Mortality rate is virtually nil, however these cancers are locally invasive and can cause destruction of local tissue.
Melanomas are bad skin cancers with a very high mortality rate IF left untreated. If a melanoma is discovered, you will need to be followed up every 3 months for 2 years following the diagnosis of melanoma. Melanomas are graded according to the thickness of the cancer.
SCCs are ‘in between’ skin cancers. They can have a significant mortality rate if they are not treated, especially on areas such as the ears, lips, head and neck area. Excision is usually curative.
Skin cancers can be diagnosed clinically (examination), however a firm diagnosis is made on histology. This means the lesion, or a sample of skin is sent away for testing under the microscope.
My Skin Clinics also employ state of the art Dermatoscopic Photography and Mole Mapping to assist in the diagnosis of skin cancers, including Melanomas.
Very. 1 in 16 Queenslanders will develop a Melanoma; one in three residents will develop non-melanoma skin cancer. One in two Caucasian patients over the age of 40 will exhibit solar keratosis- an early marker for sun damage and pre cancer. The Sunshine State of Queensland enjoys brilliant weather for most of the year, but also predisposes their residents to skin cancer.
Mole checks are conducted by trained skin cancer doctors using a combination of methods including history taking and a clinical examination.
Skin cancer doctors also use a special method of examining mole ‘under the microscope’ called dermatoscopy. In more complex cases, we use high resolution photography and whole body mapping to keep track on your moles over time.
Brisbane has one of the highest Skin Cancer rates in the World. The hard facts are- one in 16 residents will develop a melanoma in their life, and one in three Queenslanders will develop a skin cancer.
Brisbane’s high UV exposure and our outdoor lifestyle are the major contributors to the development of skin cancer and sundamage.
Skin cancers can look like innocent lesions such as warts, flat moles, or persistent red spots. The biggest clue to a clinical diagnosis of a skin cancer is a changing lesion or a new persistent lesion. Remember, skin cancers are not just black moles, they can resemble warts, or even flat red patches. Your skin cancer doctor can give you a diagnosis, or if in doubt, conduct a biopsy.