Skin Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin. The Three main types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. About two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.
Almost 770,000 new cases of BCC and SCC are treated each year. You can develop a BCC at any age, however it is more commonly diagnosed people over 40. SCC occurs mostly in people over the age of 50.
Anyone can develop skin cancer, but it is more common the older you are. Skin Cancers don’t all look the same but there are a few signs to look out for, these include;
- A spot that is different from other spots on the skin
- A spot that has changed size, shape, colour or texture
- A sore that doesn’t heal
- A sore that is itchy or bleeds
If you notice any of these signs it is best to book in with your regular GP for Skin Check Appointment. Our GP’s specialise in detecting skin cancers and removal of skin cancers.
If you are concerned call our reception staff today 02 6294 9366 to book an appointment.