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Eastbrooke Supporting National Skin Cancer Action Week

This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week (Nov 15-21).

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together to spread awareness about Skin Cancer. More than 2000 people in Australia die from Skin Cancer each year, with Queensland having one of the highest rates of Skin Cancer in the world*

Eastbrooke Medical Centres are supporting National Skin Cancer Action Week by reminding people to “slip, slop, slap” and providing information on early symptoms and the importance of early detection. In addition, Eastbrooke Family Clinic Burleigh Waters, is offering free mini sunscreen samples to patients of the centre.

Early detection is important for people of all ages, so don’t delay – ask your doctor today for a Skin Cancer Check. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection*.

Become familiar with the look of your skin, so you pick up any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:

  • any crusty, non-healing sores
  • small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
  • new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months (especially those dark brown to black, red or blue-black in colour).

If you notice any changes consult your doctor.Your doctor may perform a biopsy or refer you to a specialist if he/she suspects a skin cancer.*

You can find out more about Skin Cancer HERE

*references: Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Council Queensland

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