Take time to check skin for changes
Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world with two in three Australians expected to develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
The good news is that skin cancer is largely preventable and 95 per cent of cases can be treated successfully if detected early.
This month we celebrate Skin Cancer Action Week so I urge you to take a good look at your skin and make a habit of checking yourself regularly.
With a bit of practice, most people can complete a skin check in around 15 minutes.
It is important to check your body regularly so that you notice any changes on your skin, and try to go through the same checking sequence each time to get into a routine.
Using a full length and handheld mirror, check your entire body and if you see anything that has changed in size, shape or colour or a non-healing sore see a doctor or health worker straight away.
You are looking for asymmetry, an irregular edge or spreading, a spot with a number of different colours through it, a spot that is changing in diameter, or if you notice any unusual changes.
These are all signs of melanoma which is the most dangerous and aggressive type of skin cancer. For more information head to www.findcancerearly.com.au.
Now that spring is in full swing, I encourage you to download the free SunSmart app to check the daily UV.
Although we are still seeing cloudy days, the UV is reaching a maximum of eight on most days which is well and truly over the safe UV level of three.
Be SunSmart and protect yourself from skin cancer in five simple ways – slip on sun protective clothing, slop on SPF 30 sunscreen or higher, slap on a wide brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on some sunglasses.