According to Cancer Council Australia, approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.
Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians. In 2014, 13,134 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.
Every year, in Australia:
- skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
- most 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.
Early prevention and regular skin checks saves lives! At Reedy Creek Medical Centre, we provide full body general skin examinations, mole surveillance to detect signs of skin cancer, perform biopsies, and surgical and medical treatment of skin cancers for the removal of skin lesions.
If you would like more information or would like to make a booking for a skin check, please call reception at 07 5568 0332.
Skin Cancer Information from Cancer Council Australia – also have other cancer information.
ABCD self check list for melanoma – From Cancer Council Australia
Early Detection and Self Check for Skin Cancer – From Skin Cancer Foundation