Sun Pa­trol: Early de­tec­tion is the key

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEAUTY HEALTH & WELLBEING -

Alarm­ingly, two in three Aus­tralians will be di­ag­nosed with skin can­cer be­fore the age of 70. Aus­tralia’s harsh cli­mate and ex­po­sure to UV Rays over time can dam­age your skin and can develop into sev­eral types of skin can­cers.

Not all skin can­cers are the same, how­ever, there are three com­mon types.

Basal cell car­ci­no­mas – the most com­mon type amongst peo­ple with pale skin are tu­mours in the cells that pro­duce the top layer of skin. Th­ese are typ­i­cally lo­cated in ar­eas of high ex­po­sure to sun. Less com­mon, how­ever a more dan­ger­ous form of skin can­cer, are Melanomas which most com­monly ap­pear on the face, back and lower legs, with one in 29 Aus­tralians de­vel­op­ing a Melanoma in their life­time.

Lastly, Squa­mous Cell Car­ci­no­mas gen­er­ally start to ap­pear on sun dam­aged skin from the age of 40 on­wards and are tu­mours of the top layer of skin. If left un­de­tected, th­ese can­cers can spread and be­come deadly.

Due to the preva­lence of such skin can­cers, and the risks of th­ese go­ing un­de­tected, an­nual skin checks are rec­om­mended.

With early de­tec­tion, 90 per cent of cases can be treated un­der lo­cal anaes­thetic at Sun Pa­trol.

Qual­i­fied doc­tors at Sun Pa­trol can con­duct thor­ough checks of the en­tire skin sur­face to check for signs of any skin can­cers or ar­eas of con­cern.

Don’t de­lay and book your ap­point­ment to­day! Dr Michael Safaie Of­fi­cer Clinic – Arena Shop­ping Cen­tre T2 6/4 Car­dinia Road, Of­fi­cer Call Dr Michael Safaie on 1300sun­pa­trol (1300 786 728).

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