More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.
However, most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week, all Australians are urged to use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:
- slip on sun-protective clothing
- slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
- slap on a broad-brimmed hat
- seek shade
- slide on sunglasses.
A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
Bulli Medical Practice offers Skin Check Clinic, conducted by Dr Michael Hanson, every Tuesday from 2 – 6pm (by appointment only). This clinic is in addition to skin check consultations which can be provided by all GPs at Bulli Medical Practice. Contact reception to make an appointment or book online via HotDoc.