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Skin cancer

Understanding skin cancer

Skin cancer is often referred to as ‘the Australian cancer,’ because we have by far the highest rates of this cancer in the world. Repeated exposure to harmful UV rays, particularly at an early age, is the primary cause. It may take years or even decades for the damage to result in skin cancer. 2 out of 3 Australians will get skin cancer in their lifetime, and whilst it is more common the older you are, young Australian men and women have the highest rates in the world. In fact, skin cancer is the greatest cancer killer in the 15-40 age group.

Need a skin check?

Anyone with changing spots, or spots that look very different to others on their body, should have them assessed by an accredited skin cancer doctor as soon as possible.

Even if you are unsure if your spots have changed, it’s worth having a doctor check your skin to ensure nothing’s amiss. If you have a history of sunburn, multiple spots, previous skin cancer, or a family history of melanoma, you are at risk of skin cancer. The same is true if your family has light-coloured skin, even if you yourself have darker skin.

Remember that the damage may have been done when you were young, so just because you don’t get sunburnt anymore doesn’t mean you’re safe from skin cancer.

About DermEngine

DermEngine is an advanced dermatology software which allows for the earliest possible detection of melanoma and other skin cancers. This technology is used in-house at Bass Coast Skin Doctors.

Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), DermEngine is able to capture high quality dermoscopic imagery, from specific areas of skin to the entire body. The platform enables us to closely document patients’ results and analyse for the risk of skin cancer.

Derm Engine

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