Scan your skin

February 27, 2017

SCAN your Skin is an education program that helps everyday people calculate their risk of getting skin cancer and identify the signs and symptoms of skin cancer

 

Are you at risk of Skin Cancer?

Preventing skin cancer is also about knowing your risk level. The most effective management is early detection and treatment.

Complete the simple risk prediction tool which has been developed by doctors and researchers so you can quickly calculate your skin cancer risk and recognize the early signs of skin cancer. You don’t need any special skills – simply answer ten easy questions and take a few minutes to SCAN your skin.

It’s your doctor’s job to diagnose skin cancer, but you will know better than anyone else if something on your skin is Sore, Changing, Abnormal or New. Remember – together with sun protection, early detection is your best defence against skin cancer.

  • What if your skin hasn’t always been protected?
  • Maybe you can’t always avoid the sun?
  • Perhaps there is a history of skin cancer in your family?

 

 

the following information is taken from the Skin Cancer College Australia (http://www.skincancercollege.org/) who have produced this dedicated website for skin cancer awareness (http://www.scanyourskin.org/).

http://www.scanyourskin.org/risk-prediction-tool/

 

What should I know about skin cancer?

  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world
  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • Melanoma is the most common life threatening cancer in the 15 to 44 year age group
  • Melanoma is the third most common life threatening cancer in both men & women overall

What should I know about skin cancer?

  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world
  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • Melanoma is the most common life threatening cancer in the 15 to 44 year age group
  • Melanoma is the third most common life threatening cancer in both men & women overall

 

 

 

Skin Cancer types

The three main types of skin cancer are:

BCC (Basal Cell Cancer)

 

  • the most common, usually pink and may bleed or itch
  • growth is confined locally (potentially more dangerous when it occurs on the face)
SCC (Squamous Cell Cancer)

 

  • more serious as it can spread to the lymph glands
  • often arise from sunspots, is usually scaly and may be tender
Melanoma

 

  • the most serious as it can spread via the blood stream throughout the body
  • can arise anywhere on the body, including the face, scalp, lips, ears, under fingernails or toe nails (brown stripes), on the soles of feet, and in areas that have never seen the sun!
  • can be raised or flat, fast or slow growing and rarely, can be pink in colour (especially in fair skinned people).

 

 

What happens during a skin check?

How long does a skin check take? A skin check can take up to 30 minutes. This includes some time for the doctor to ask you questions about your general health. Make sure you tell the doctor about any spots or moles you have which are Sore, Changing, Abnormal or New. The actual check of your skin can take from 5 to 20 minutes depending on your skin type and the number of moles and spots to be looked at.

Remember...the most effective management for skin cancer is early detection and treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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