Skin Cancer Clinic Perth
Skin cancer accounts for a majority of newly diagnosed cancer cases in Australia. The incidence rate is two to three times higher than in Canada, the US, and the UK. Early detection is critical as an increasing number of people are diagnosed each year. With the specialised skin cancer checks and screenings offered by our Perth clinic, it couldn’t be simpler to ensure your skin is healthy.
Types of Skin Cancer
It is important to be informed about the different types of skin cancer and their warning signs, to help protect yourself and your family. There are three main types of skin cancer:
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and can become life-threatening if left untreated. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is usually the cause of melanomas, especially if it has led to severe sunburn. It can be treated effectively when detected in its earliest stages.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It typically develops on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, back, and shoulders. Basal cell carcinomas can still occur in areas not exposed to sunlight and can affect people of all ages, even teenagers.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This is another common form of skin cancer that develops in the outer layers of the skin and is usually treatable. These skin cancers usually develop on the head, neck, forearms, or hands because of long-term ultraviolet light exposure.
Skin Cancer Warning Signs
Anyone can develop skin cancer, but frequent sun exposure dramatically increases the risk. The good news is that most cases are highly curable when detected early. To make an appointment for a skin cancer check and screening in Perth, click here.
When checking for skin cancer, look for any of the following on your body:
- New moles or freckles that change in size, shape or colour over a period of weeks to months
- Growing or suddenly raised brown moles
- Spots that are sore, bleeding, or itchy
- Small, scaly patches or lumps
If you notice any unusual spots on your skin, make a booking immediately at our skin cancer clinic in Perth.