Each year the Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together to make people more aware of the dangers of skin cancer.
With 2 in 3 Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, this week is to remind people of the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection.
Today’s children have grown up with the Sun Smart message and are our most sun savvy generation ever. Parents understand the importance of protecting their little one’s skin with rashies, hats, sunglasses, shade and sunscreen. However, it’s important that adults protect their own skin too. It’s never too late to prevent further damage and parents play an important role in setting a good example for their kids.
Most skin cancers can be prevented with the use of the five forms of sun protection. These are:
- Slip on sun-protactive clothing
- Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
- Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses
These 5 simple steps reduce the risk of cancer. Regular skin checks by your GP will lead to early detection and treatment of skin cancers.
Summerdale Medical Practice is now running a special “Skin Check Clinic” on a weekly basis. This special clinic focuses on monitoring skin blemishes, identifying potentially worrying skin spots and other skin problems.
To make an appointment in the Skin Clinic, contact the Summerdale Medical Reception on (03) 6344 7177.
For more information, check out the Cancer Council’s web page at: http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/campaigns-and-events/national-skin-cancer-action-week.html