Skin Cancer Checks
GREENGIBBON, PROVIDING CORPORATE SKIN CANCER CHECKS ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Greengibbon aim to help keep your workforce safe and healthy.
We work with organisations across Australia checking for skin cancer. We come to your office and conduct early detection skin cancer checks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Canberra, Adelaide and Tasmania
Skin cancer is one of Australia’s most common cancers, with data showing almost a million cases of skin cancer in 2015.
What Is Skin Cancer?
- Skin Cancer is the abnormal uncontrolled growth of skin cells and is a result of DNA damage
Types Of Skin Cancer
- Three main types:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – most common, least dangerous, develops on skin exposed to the sun
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) – grows over months, can spread if not treated, found on upper body, head or neck
- Melanoma – most dangerous and aggressive, can grow anywhere, not restricted to areas exposed to the sun
Skin Cancer Causes
- Skin cancer is caused by direct ultraviolet radiation from the sun or other artificial sources such as tanning beds
- Long term DNA damage to skin cells from the UV exposure can trigger mutations or genetic defects
- This can lead to uncontrolled growth of skin cells and the formation of malignant tumors
- It is important to check your skin regularly for any abnormal spots
- Healthy spots are symmetrical, have smooth edges and are even in colour
- Any spots that change in colour, size, shape or do not heal may be signs of cancer
- With a Greengibbon Skin Cancer health check you will see a Doctor to check for irregular changes to your skin
- Most cancer can be cured if detected early
- Check for UV levels before you head out – visit: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/uv/ or download Sunsmart app for your iPhone or Android
- Ultraviolet radiation is highest in the middle of the day so make sure to seek shade then
- Wear protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible, and sunglasses for full protection
- Apply sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher
- Avoid sunburns and tanning booths
- New Zealand has taken the lead in 2016 with the highest number of melanoma cases in the world
- It is followed closely by Australia with the second highest incidence of skin cancer cases
- Melanoma makes up 10.2% of new cancers in 2016
- 13,283 new cases of skin cancer in 2016
- Skin cancer resulted in 3.8% of all deaths from cancer in 2016
GREENGIBBON SKIN CHECK PATIENT FAQs
How Long Will It Take?
- Each Skin Check examination is expected to take approximately 10 minutes
Who Performs The Examination And Is It Invasive?
- The examination involves a head-to-toe check performed by a trained Doctor using a non-invasive dermatoscope
Which Areas Are Examined?
- The Doctor will require you to undress to your underwear, unless you only want a specific area of skin examined
- It is important to check your entire body as skin cancers can sometimes occur in parts of the body not exposed to the sun
What Happens If The Doctor Identifies A Mole/Lesion Of Concern?
- The Doctor will give you a Referral Form to take to a Specialist for further investigation and diagnosis
Why Is Follow-Up Recommended?
- Follow-up is highly recommended because early diagnosis of skin cancers allows for early treatment
- Early diagnosis can also greatly reduce the risk of the cancer spreading
What Are The Benefits?
- Early detection of abnormal spots that may otherwise go unnoticed
- Most skin cancer cases can be cured if detected early
What Will The Doctor Be Looking For?
- The Doctor will be examining the skin for any areas that appear to be irregular
- Abnormal spots are those that appear discolored, have rough edges or an unusual shape
Is Your Consultation Confidential?
- Yes your results are always confidential
- Greengibbon will ensure that your personal results are not available to your employer
- Greengibbon provide corporate skin cancer checks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Tasmania, Darwin, Canberra and most parts of Australia.
SMARTPHONE APPS FOR SKIN SELF-CHECK
- Miiskin – Melanoma Skin Cancer
- FotoSkin / MySkinPal