As the Greater Shepparton region reaches peak temperatures this week, residents are being urged to remember the importance of sun protection.
In light of National Skin Cancer Week (November 17 to 23) Greater Shepparton residents are being reminded to Slip, Slop, Slap to help prevent themselves developing a deadly melanoma.
Melanoma is expected to be the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer, with up to 1725 people expected to die from the disease this year.
Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists are urging all Australians to use the five key forms of sun protection:
● slip on sun-protective clothing;
● slop on SPF-30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen;
● slap on a broad-brimmed hat;
● seek shade;
● slide on sunglasses;
A combination of these measures along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes are key prevention strategies.
Shepparton Skin Clinic provides skin checks, which are vital as early detection and treatment are crucial in surviving skin cancer.
The clinic uses the latest dermatoscopic techniques for diagnosis and are experts in distinguishing between harmless spots and skin cancers.
Another skin-checking service in the region is Molemap by Dermatologists.
Located at 116 Corio St, the clinic provides a range of full body comprehensive melanoma surveillance programs that give peace of mind by monitoring changes to skin.
They also provide a Molemap Skin Check which is an annual head-to-toe skin service that provides reassurance about any suspicious spots by thoroughly assessing and diagnosing.
After an appointment, imaged spots will be securely forwarded to dermatologists and provide a diagnostic report which includes any recommendations for treatment.
For more information, contact Shepparton Skin Clinic on (03) 5822 2393 or Molemap by Dermatologists on 1800 665 362.
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