Introduction

Do you know that skin is the largest organ in your body.
RACGP recommended that – all people (especially children aged over 10 years) should be advised to adopt protective measures when UV levels are 3 and above.

These measures include use of shade; broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire-style hats; protective clothing; sunglasses; and sun protection factor (SPF) 30+ sunscreens, (which need to be reapplied every 2 hours).
If you have the following conditions, you may have a higher risk for melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer

 

  • Family history of skin cancer in first-degree relative
  • Fair complexion, a tendency to burn rather than tanned, the presence of freckles, light eye colour, light or red hair colour
  • Aged over 30 years (over 50 years are most at risk)
  • Presence of solar lentigines (commonly known as “brown spot”)
  • Past history of skin cancer
  • People with childhood high levels of UV exposure and episodes of sunburn in childhood
  • Those with multiple atypical or dysplastic naevi (atypical mole) and who have a history of melanoma in themselves or in a first-degree relative
  • Past exposure to arsenic
  • Immunosuppressed patients (e.g. post-renal or heart transplant)

WPH Medical Centre can offer you a variety of skin health care including

  • Skin check
  • Biopsy for suspected skin lesions
  • Removal of skin lesions (minor procedure)
  • Referral for complex skin conditions
  • Diagnosis and treatment of non-cancer skin lesion (e.g. eczema, dermatitis)