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Posted 12 October 2018
Not sure what to look out for? Read our handy guide on self skin checks, when you should see your doctor and how to best protect your skin.
How to check your own spots
Skin cancer affects thousands of Australian’s every year, but if detected early, 95% of cases can be treated successfully. Checking your skin on a regular basis gives you the ability to familiarise yourself with current spots and freckles that may be susceptible to skin cancer.
Not sure what to look for when checking your own spots?
The ABCD of melanoma detection will help you check for the following:
The spot/lesion is halved and the two halves are not mirroring each other.
Spots with edges that spreading or jagged.
Different Colours throughout the spot
A spot is becoming larger in diameter or size.
Certain areas such as your back and scalp are hard to check yourself, so try using a mirror or ask a family member or GP to help. Spots can pop up in unusual places, so make sure you’re thorough and check under your feet, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
When should I see someone about my spots?
See a GP as soon as you notice the following:
- A spot that is different to its surrounding spots
- A mole or freckle that has grown or discoloured
- An inflamed sore that is still inflamed after a few weeks
How can I help prevent skin cancer?
Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide! UV rays are the highest during the middle of the day, so follow these steps and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine all summer:
- Slip on clothing to cover up as much of your skin as possible.
- Slop on some sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Slap on a hat that protects your whole face, ears and neck.
- Seek shade. Set up under a tree or bring your own shelter.
- Slide on your sunnies!
For more information on how to check your skin for skin cancer, visit www.cancer.org.au