Your body on a skin check
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.
HANDS AND FEET
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.