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)