It’s National Skin Cancer Action Week. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 and more than 2000 people die of skin cancer each year.
Most skin cancers are preventable by the use of good sun protection:
- slip on sun-protective clothing 👚
- Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen ✋️
- Slap on a broad brimmed hat 🎩
- Seek shade ⛱
- Slide on sunglasses 🕶
It’s important to stay out of the sun from 11-3pm as that’s when the sun is strongest. If you need to step out make sure you keep exposure to a minimum and use protective gear.
Getting to know your skin and regularly checking your moles is a great way to notice any changes that you can alert to your doctor. Make sure you see your doctor if notice any change in the colour, size, shape of a mole or if they become itchy or bleed.
Skin checks are simple and easy and are a great way to prevent any long term problems.
Let’s join the #SunSmartGeneration with the Cancer Council Australia 😎
One of my specialties is family planning and a common question that all ladies ask is ‘what is the coil and how does it work?’ In the video available soon at - drnora.com/youtube - I go into detail on the hormonal based IUDs available here as the Mirena, and non-hormonal copper based IUDs, the benefits, the risks, the concerns to be aware of and more.
You can also always drop by and see me in clinic if you want to have a chat 😃