Take time to check skin for changes

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Shenae Norris Shenae Norris is the Can­cer Coun­cil South West re­gional ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer

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.

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