Welcome to the “Health Corner” by Sahara Medical Centre. This is a forum where you will be able to read regular health updates, know what is happening at the centre and will also be able to ask health related questions to our specialists.
Topics that will be explored here are:
- Skin care and protection
- Latest trends in pain medicine
- General health and well-being
- Women’s health
- Men’s health
- Seasonal allergies
SKIN CANCER- what to watch for
Did you know 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70? Our unique geographical location, low ozone concentration, outdoor lifestyle and skin care habits all contribute to this high rate of incidence. Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer, and Queensland has the highest rate of melanoma among all the Australian states.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is by avoiding direct exposure to sunlight, wearing sunscreen everyday and by getting screened for any changes in your skin which may be indicative of cancer or pre-cancerous growth. Getting your skin checked annually should be a regular part of your routine health screening because cancer can present in many different forms, like changes in the shape and texture of a mole, scaly or itchy patches, red or purple lesions, a bleeding or oozing crust, or generally any unexplained lumps that are persistent and won’t go away.
At Sahara Medical Centre we recommend an annual mole mapping and skin cancer check up. The advantage of of this is that you have an annual record and images of anything that the doctor thinks could be significant.