Your health matters to us
An overarching goal of the National Health Co-op is to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions. That’s why we regularly review our patients’ files to identify individuals who may benefit from additional clinical support.
The incidence of skin cancers in Australia is one of the highest in the world. According to data from Cancer Council Australia, two in three Australians are likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 years of age.
Excluding non-melanoma skin cancers, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian women, the fourth most common cancer in men, and the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years.
Every year in Australia:
- Skin cancers accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
- Between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are related to over exposure to sun, hence the need to take necessary precautions (this can be discussed with your GP)
Some skin cancer symptoms could include (but are not limited to):
- Crusty, non-healing sores with bleeding and pain
- Small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
- New spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months
It is important to get regular skin checks, as well as check with your doctor if you notice any changes. Our members are invited to book an appointment with their GP to discuss any concerns about any skin lesion or if they are interested in a full skin check-up.