Why we care
About Skin Cancer!
Facts about skin cancer. We strongly believe that people should not die or be hospitalised because of skin cancer. In this day and age, proper early diagnosis is available to everyone.
If melanoma is identified at an early stage, simple treatment can result in a complete cure. Don't leave it your partner or friends to diagnose. In fact, don't wait at all. A quick and free skin cancer check will give you peace of mind or could save your life. Every year, in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for related to skin cancer.
The incidence of skin cancer in Australia is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK. More than half of all Australians will have a skin cancer at some stage of their lives. Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world and melanoma is often referred to as 'Australia's national cancer'.
Some facts and statistics about melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian men, after prostate and bowel cancer, and it accounted for 12% of all new cancers diagnosed in 2017 (estimated). Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian women, after breast and bowel cancer, and it accounted for 9% of all new cancers diagnosed in 2017 (estimated). Almost 14,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017. Melanoma represents 2% of all skin cancers, but causes 75% of skin cancer deaths. Australia and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world. Melanoma rates doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006 and are still on the rise.
The good news is that if melanoma is identified at an early stage, simple treatment can result in a complete cure. This why skin cancer screening and treatment is so important to us to.
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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books: melanoma skin cancer. Canberra: AIHW. [Accessed January 2016].
Tips to help prevent Skin Cancers
Here are some simple tips to help prevent Skin Cancers
Seek the shade, especially between 10AM and 4PM
Cover up with clothing
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen
Apply your sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside
Reapply every 4 hours
Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
See your GP every year for a professional skin exam
Several recent studies have shown that added oral Vitamin B3 can assist in reducing skin cancers in high risk patients. The Jupiter Mole Mapping WA makes the following recommendation:
Following approval by your doctor, patients at high risk of skin cancer should consider consuming more of vitamin B3 rich foods per day or choosing a vitamin B3 supplement.
Here are 13 foods that are good sources of Vitamin B3 (Also called niacin or nicotinamide.)
Salmon; Cottage Cheese; Chicken; Lean Pork; Mushrooms; Fresh Greens; Patatoes; Avacardo; Sunflower Seeds; Lean Beef; Peanuts; and Tuna.
Definitions and types of skin cancers!
Definitions and types of skin cancer?
There are three types of skin cancer:
- basal cell carcinoma
- squamous cell carcinoma
Skin cancer often occurs when skin cells are damaged by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation / the sun.
Who should get screened for Skin Cancer?
It is recommended that everybody has a skin check-up with their GP. The GP will then evaluate screening needs and frequency. Unfortunately there is no organised skin cancer screening program in Australia that is conducted in a significant portion of the population at present. Statistics show that two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some stage in their lifetime.
It is therefore of utmost importance to keep a close eye on one’s own skin and the skin of your family and friends.
Things to look out for:
- Small lumps or bumps on the skin that are red or pale in appearance
- Sores that don’t heal and are crusty in appearance
- Newly developed spots or freckles
- Moles that have changed in appearance over time
Any other concerns you have about your skin. It is important to remember that your mouth is also a place to check
Treating skin cancer:
All diagnosed or suspected skin cancers must be removed or treated. Your doctor will decide on one of the following methods to remove skin cancer
- cautery (burning)
- curettage (scraping)
- cryotherapy (using liquid nitrogen to freeze the cancer off)
- surgery (usually under a local anaesthetic)