Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Queensland has some of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.
It is important to become familiar with the look of your skin and check regularly so you pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:
- any crusty, non-healing sores
- small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
- new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months.
If you are concerned or notice any changes then it is a good idea to consult your doctor. Skin cancer can be deadly, but is often curable if found early.
All of our GP’s are available for a comprehensive skin check, feel free to call our friendly reception staff for an appointment on (07) 3408 1333 or book online here.