Why It’s Important to Have Regular Skin Checks
The biggest reason to have regular skin checks, is that most skin cancers can be found with skin exams. Detecting cancer early means they are easier to treat, and there less risk of it going untreated.
Regular skin exams are especially important for anyone with a history of cancer, anyone with a strong family history of cancer and anyone with reduced immunity. The harsh Gold Coast sun can cause serious skin damage and regular skin exams will give you a good chance of spotting the signs before they become serious.
Another benefit to getting a regular skin exam done at a skin clinic is they will help you to know and understand your own skin. You will be able to spot what is normal as well as identify any new changing areas of your skin.
It is a common misbelief that skin cancer will only happen to skin that has been exposed to sun. When in fact skin cancer can appear on all parts of the body, no matter if they have been exposed to the sun or not. Sun exposure can still greatly increase your chances of skin cancer, especially when exposed to the Gold Coast’s harsh sun rays. It is important to cover up, wear sun screen and get regular skin checks at your local GP or skin clinic in order to ensure you are skin cancer free, and remain that way.
Talk to your doctor about how often you should have your skin examined. Those with history of cancer or a family history of cancer will most often be recommended that they get more frequent skin exams. Whenever possible it is in your best interest to see the same doctor, medical centre and GP, who then becomes familiar with your history and can therefore give you the most appropriate advice and treatment.