This week marked an incredible milestone for our team at Skin Repair Skin Cancer Clinic as we welcomed our 20,000th patient to the clinic.
We are very grateful to the North Queensland community for its continued support over the last 11 years and – while we would prefer that sun damage and skin cancer wasn’t so prevalent – we appreciate all of our patients who continue to see us regularly for skin checks and excisions.
Constant vigilance is our best defence against deadly skin cancer and together we can help reduce the burden for North Queensland.
We thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you why regular skin checks are so important here in North Queensland:
- About 2 in every 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a form of skin cancer before their 70th birthday
- There are three main types of skin cancer – basal cell cancer (BCC), squamous cell cancer (SCC) and melanoma.
- BCCs account for about 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers and grow slowly over months and years
- SCCs grow quickly over weeks and months and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated
- Melanoma is much less common, accounting for about one-to-two per cent of all skin cancers, but is also the most deadly.
- Almost 980,000 Australians are diagnosed with BCCs or SCCs each year
- Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world – more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma in Australia each year
The good news is that for all types of skin cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better the treatment outcomes tend to be.
This is why it is so important that you continue to see us for regular skin checks, and perform your own at home
Thank you again for your ongoing support. We appreciate you choosing us as your skin care team.