Australians are exposed to high levels of ultra-violet rays which over time causes sun damage to the skin and possibly skin cancers.

Australians are exposed to high levels of ultra-violet rays which over time causes sun damage to the skin and possibly skin cancers.

Skin cancers are very common in Australia and according to the Cancer Council Australia, two out of three Australians will be exposed to skin cancer by the time they are 70.

Our practices offer services in the detection and treatment of skin cancers. If you are concerned about any changes to your skin, speak to one of our GPs. They can perform a skin check and discuss with you any further treatment if required.  Be proactive in your skin health and speak to your GP today.

The Cancer Council Australia encourages people to become familiar with their skin and visit their GP if they notice any changes.

It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you so changes will be quickly noticed. Don’t just rely on an annual skin check to detect any suspicious spots. The sooner it is detected and treated, the better chance you have of avoiding surgery or potentially even worse consequences.

  • Examine your skin every month
  • See your GP for a skin exam every year
For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:
  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Cover up with clothing including a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Apply SPF30+ sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours.
  • Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards.
  • Keep newborn babies out of the sun.
  • Do not use sunscreen on babies under 6 months of age.

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