News

Doctor warns of skin check importance

Dr John Prior from the Parkinson Mole & Skin Cancer Clinic urging people to have regular skin checks.
Dr John Prior from the Parkinson Mole & Skin Cancer Clinic urging people to have regular skin checks. Inga Williams

LOGAN residents are being urged to get their skin checked.

Parkinson Mole and Skin Cancer Clinic doctor John Prior said a professional skin check after the age of 20 was vital.

"Skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers," he said.

"Some people are very diligent with checking their skin but most are not."

Dr Prior, who has cut out hundreds of melanoma, said people should keep an eye out for changes in the appearance of moles including asymmetry, colour and size.

"While it's the most commonly diagnosed, fortunately it's not as lethal as other cancers," he said.

"If picked up early it can be beaten."

 

New research reveals the incidence rates for melanoma in Australia are the highest in the world and are forecast to increase from an estimated 12,770 cases in 2011 to 17,570 cases in 2020.

The Melanoma Patients Australia figures show the average survival of metastatic melanoma patients is six months with a one year death rate of 75%.

MoleMap director and skin cancer specialist doctor Martin Haskett said despite constant public health warnings about sun exposure, a huge number of Australians weren't getting the message, or were simply ignoring it. "Australians very much have an attitude that it won't happen to them. But with the statistics as high as they are, and showing no signs of declining, people who continue to ignore specialist advice are quite literally gambling with their life," he said.

"As is the case with many forms of cancer, melanoma can often be without symptoms and, left untreated, can progress to other areas of the body. What is most frustrating from a specialist point of view is that more often than not, skin cancer is entirely preventable."

Dr Haskett said not only did Australians need to take extra care when out in the sun, they should also see a specialist as soon as they found a mole or lesion that concerned them.

He advised people to seek a specialist diagnosis immediately, preferably with a dermatologist who could refer unusual cases to a panel of peers straight away.

Topics:  skin cancer, skin checks


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Woman, 22, has died from injuries after Underwood crash

A Police Forensic Crash Unit vehicle at the scene of a serious crash, Saturday, December 06, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

Two-vehicle crash occurred at Kingston and Compton rds

Where the sinkhole water came from

The Basin Pocket sinkhole was drained into  gully.

The lab results are in

Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

CRIME SCENE: Forensic police officers investigate a fatal stabbing on Cobalt St in Carole Park.

Witness tells court stabbing victim wanted drug money to pay rent

Latest deals and offers

Woman, 22, has died from injuries after Underwood crash

UPDATE: A 22-year-old woman has died from her injuries after a crash involving three people in Underwood.

Where the sinkhole water came from

The Basin Pocket sinkhole was drained into  gully.

The lab results are in

Court hears evidence of drug deal that led to stabbing

CRIME SCENE: Forensic police officers investigate a fatal stabbing on Cobalt St in Carole Park.

Witness tells court stabbing victim wanted drug money to pay rent

Masters to staff: "This isn't the news we hoped for"

Masters Hardware Store Springfield Central. Photo: David Nielsen / Queensland Times IPS041011MAST04B

Letter to staff on plans to close hardware store franchise

'Chronic' offender's luck runs out in court

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

23-year-old will see the year out behind bars

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

Reality TV show "turned our special day into a joke"

UNHAPPY: Maryborough couple Emma and Steven Dilliway who star on Australia's Cheapest Wedding and are not happy with the outcome.

Reality television helped turn this wedding into an internet joke

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa