Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in both Australian women and men, and the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years. In 2011, 11,570 people in Australia were diagnosed with melanoma.
In addition to self-monitoring, Sunsmart recommend regular checks by your GP as being the best way to screen for early skin cancers.
Moles that bleed or weep.
In 2018, a world-first study led by University of Sydney found that Australians aged 18-40 years who were regular users of sunscreen in childhood reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 40 percent, compared to those who rarely used sunscreen.
Online program management
Your Company skin screening report allows you to best manage your workers’ sun exposure risks, identify areas for further education and to support your organisation’s ‘Duty of Care’ under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
As the Employer, you will receive a detailed company Skin Cancer Screening report outlining:
Skin checks around WA
Our skin screening practitioners are all accredited with the Certificate of Dermoscopy.
Skin checks are safe for everyone, including pregnant women, and are essential in detecting pre-cancerous cells and early-stage skin cancers. Skin cancers can grow rapidly, and it is for this reason that we recommend repeat visits at a frequency determined by the doctor based on your previous history, skin type and family history. This will be discussed with you during your appointment.
Please note, while in the private room with the doctor, you will be asked to remove your outer layers of clothing so they may analyse as much of your skin as possible (including in your scalp). If you have any areas of concern, please let the doctor know, and with your consent, they will take a closer look.
With a focus on early detection, our experienced and trained doctors use specialised lighting with the latest digital dermatoscopy equipment to examine the surface layers of your skin. Images of moles are captured and securely saved against your patient file for future comparison so we can monitor any changes over time.
If during the skin check, a mole or spot of concern is found, the next steps will be discussed with you. This might involve using liquid nitrogen to freeze off a pre-cancerous lesion or a biopsy for suspect small spots and moles so we can send the sample to our laboratory for histological diagnosis (examination of the cells under a high-powered microscope) to determine the best course of treatment.