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Winter is the best time for a skin check or molemap!

Skin cancer is one of the easiest cancers to detect because it is on the outside of the body, in view for us all to see. In summertime, when it’s hot, we shed all the layers of clothes necessary for winter and walk around in singlets, shorts, strappy dresses and bathers. This leads to many skin cancers being detected by the patient, a family member or even a complete stranger who happens to be walking past (and checking out your skin!). But in winter we don’t have a lot of skin exposed and we are less likely to notice any moles changing in size or colour. So, winter is a time when we need to actively decide to check our skin or have a skin check or molemap at the doctors.
The most common of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas which are generally slow growing, but the less common squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas can grow fairly quickly with devastating results. The most dangerous skin cancer, nodular melanoma can grow vertically into your skin at a rate of 0.49mm per month, becoming invasive within 3 months. So, break up the winter months with a skin check at your local skin cancer clinic or GP’s and make sure you’re checked from scalp to toes as melanomas can hide in areas not exposed to the sun.
Here at Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre we do not require a referral for molemaps or skin checks as all our doctors are GP’s who are accredited at the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and have a special interest in treating skin cancers.

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One Response to "Winter is the best time for a skin check or molemap!"

  • Ridley Fitzgerald
    April 3, 2018 - 7:21 am Reply

    Thanks for the information about skin cancer. It’s good to know that some cancers can actually grow really fast. It sounds like my family needs to go and get their skin checked more often!

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