At Parkhill Medical Centre, the doctors and nurses treat patients for many common skin complaints including eczema, psoriasis, acne and rashes. We are able to offer diagnosis and management of these conditions, plus more, or offer a referral to a Dermatologist, if needed.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is common in Australia. It occurs from damage to cells in the skin, such as overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women. Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer , melanoma was the third most common cancer in Australians in 2014 Australia and New Zealand melanoma rates are higher than any other country in the world.
Risk factors for skin cancer:
Exposure to UV radiation is the primary cause of most skin cancer. Other factors pre-dispose people to developing skin cancer.
- Age and sex (men older than 60 are at the highest risk)
- History of previous melanoma or non-melanoma (BCC & SCC) skin cancer
- Family history of melanoma, especially if two or more first degree relatives are affected.
- Number of skin moles:
- Common moles > 100,
- Dysplastic moles > 5 (dysplastic moles are large irregular skin moles)
- Very fair skin
- The number of episodes of blistering or peeling sunburns and evidence of sun damaged skin.
- Immune suppression.
A combination of sun protection measures is recommended to reduce your risk of skin cancer. The Slip, Slop and Slap message is one that most Australians are familiar with. For those that need a reminder;
Slip on some sun protective clothing.
Slop on some sunscreen (at least SPF 30, applying liberally and at least 20 minutes before going outdoors. Remember to re-apply immediately after swimming, excessive sweating, or if rubbed off by clothing or towelling. This should be the case even if the product claims to be “water resistant”.
Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
It is always recommended to have general skin checks by yourself and with your doctor.
We offer the following skin services: