Your body on a skin check

Prevention (Australia) - - In This Issue -

You may love the sun but don’t for­get to keep an eye out for skin can­cers

You may have a sum­mer of sun, sand and outdoor fun on the agenda but with skin can­cers ac­count­ing for around 80 per cent of all newly di­ag­nosed can­cers in Aus­tralia, that sun­screen and hat are vi­tal. As is a reg­u­lar

skin check, even places that you wouldn’t usu­ally think about.


When was the last time you rubbed SPF on your scalp?

That’s what we thought. Me­lanoma-type skin can­cers can oc­cur on any part of the body that has pig­mented cells called melanocytes, in­clud­ing

the skin of the scalp.


Me­lanomas, which usu­ally look dark brown, black or blue-black, can pop up on the palms of your hands and soles

of your feet. They can also hide be­tween dig­its and un­der

nails as dark stripes.


Ask your doc­tor to check

your eye­lids: be­tween 5 to 10 per cent of all skin can­cers can oc­cur here.


The lip con­sists of two parts: the ver­mil­ion (the red area) and the cu­ta­neous part (the skin around the red sec­tions). Both ar­eas are at risk but 90 per cent of skin can­cers oc­cur on the lower

lip of the ver­mil­ion.


Ex­po­sure to the sun is not the only cause of me­lanomas; fac­tors such as ge­net­ics and hav­ing a large number of siz­able moles on the body can also con­trib­ute. It may be em­bar­rass­ing but talk with

your GP about this one.

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