Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
- basal cell carcinoma
- squamous cell carcinoma
Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer.
Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.
Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians.
Every year, in Australia:
- skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers the majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer the incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.
- It is recommended that all Australian’s have an annual skin check as a minimum to obtain early detection and maintain good health.
Our General Practitioners have the equipment and are trained to perform skin checks to our new and existing patients.
This appointment is bulk billed through Medicare on weekdays if you have a current Medicare card.
If you haven’t had a recent skin check, we strongly recommend that you book an appointment with one of our General Practitioners.