Free skin cancer checks
Members of the Rockingham community are being encouraged to have their skin checked.
Rockingham Maternity and Family Practice is hosting a Spot the Difference Free Skin Check Day in partnership with melanomaWA on Saturday.
Melanoma is the most common and one of the most serious forms of cancer in those aged 15-39, with 90 per cent of cases preventable through early detection and UV protection.
melanomaWA chief executive Clinton Heal said no matter the type of skin cancer, the earlier it was detected the better.
“During the last six weeks we’ve had 390 people have their skin checked as part of the campaign and there has been 26 melanomas found, pending investigation,” he said.
RMFP patient Michael Kain said having his skin checked had already saved his life three times. “Don’t take the risk, get checked,” he said. “It is as simple as that.
“You don’t want to hear that it is too late, because melanomas will and do kill.”
Mr Heal said when booking a skin check with your general practitioner, it was important to make sure they had a dermatoscope — the best tool to check and measure possible melanomas.
“We really want people to make sure that their GP is up to date and using the right equipment,” he said.
“If someone does have their skin checked and is still feeling unsure, get a second opinion.
“For the general community the recommendation is to have your skin checked once a year from the age of 15.
“Kids and adolescents should only have their skin checked if they or their parents are worried about something.
“Over the age of 15 is when incidences of melanomas start to ramp upwards.”
For more information on the skin check partnership, phone 9592 2775.
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