Skin Cancer is something every Australian should be acutely aware of. We love to get outdoors and enjoy being active, but does it come at an ultimate cost?
Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women. (source – https://www.cancer.org.au).
There is a lot of messaging out there, particular in summer about using sunscreen, wearing appropriate clothes, and getting regular skin checks. Now an online tool has just been released that will help anybody better understand the risk of contracting a skin related cancer. The Melanoma Risk Predictor (https://publications.qimrberghofer.edu.au/Custom/QSkinMelanomaRisk) is a self test based on data collected from the world’s largest skin cancer study. The test done on a phone or computer takes a couple of minutes and is in the form of a number of questions that places people into one of five risk categories. Worth taking a couple of minutes to do? Absolutely.
Even the ABC News found this worthy to report on, see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-12/melanoma-self-testing-could-save-your-life-in-just-90-seconds/9538052.
If you find yourself in an above risk category, get a skin cancer check done now, and make them a regular occurrence. Dr Sayed at Specialists Clinics of Australia in Sydney (https://www.specialistaustralia.com.au/specialties/skin-cancer/) is highly skilled in this field and can help you with assessment and treatment if necessary.