Did you know that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, accounting for some 80% of cases? As a national of sun lovers, and even more-so here in the famous Sunshine State of Queensland, it’s of utmost importance to undergo regular skin checks. These checks can help to identify any potential issues before they become life-threatening problems.
What are the types of skin cancer?
Skin cancer types can be broken into three main groups; melanoma and nodular melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Melanoma and nodular melanoma
Melanoma is well known as the most deadly form of skin cancer which can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Melanoma will appear as either a new spot on your skin, or it could be an existing spot which suddenly begins to change in its shape, size, or colour. It is of utmost importance to note that melanoma may also appear on skin which is not usually exposed to the sun.
By comparison, nodular melanomas are raised and even in colour. This fast-growing skin cancer can be black, brown, red, or even pink, and take on a domed shape which is firm to touch. They will eventually begin to crust and bleed.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is both the most common and least dangerous of all the types of skin cancer. They are usual slow to grow and appear in areas which are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face. Basal cell carcinoma are normally a red, pale, or pearly colour, and may appear as either a dry, scaly area, or a lump. It is possible that a basal cell carcinoma will ulcerate, or fail to heal completely.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Normally found in patients over the age of 50, squamous cell carcinomas grow over a period of several months, generally in areas which are frequently exposed to the sun. They present as a thickened, red and scaly spot which may ulcerate, crust, and bleed easily.
What skin cancer warning signs should I look out for?
Skin cancer warning signs you can look out for include:
- The appearance of a new mole or moles
- Increases in the size of a mole
- Notching developing on the outline of a mole
- Spots which change from brown to black, or a mottled colour
- A spot which has suddenly become raised, or has a lump in it
- Rough, scaly or ulcerated appearance on the surface of a mole
- Itchiness or tingling of a mole
- Weeping or bleeding moles
- A spot which looks different to others
Skin cancer checks Brisbane
It is recommended that you undergo regular skin checks of your entire body to help identify any symptoms before they become larger issues. Whilst it is possible for you to do this yourself, it is quite difficult, and unless you are very well versed in the symptoms of skin cancer, you may either miss something which could be a problem, or work yourself up unnecessarily over something which isn’t cause for concern. It’s far easier to find a professional you trust to perform your skin cancer checks. Dr Justin Perron has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. If you require treatment, in some cases it may be possible for this to be performed under local anaesthetic during your consultation. As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Perron is highly skilled at minimising the appearance of scarring. Don’t leave your health to chance; book your comprehensive skin cancer check with Dr Justin Perron and the team at Herstellen Clinic in Brisbane today.