Work Outside Much?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the skin cells called melanocytes and usually occurs on the parts of the body that have been overexposed to the sun. However rare melanomas can occur inside the eye or in parts of the skin or body that have never been exposed to the sun such as the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet or under the nails.
“Melanoma is more commonly diagnosed in men than women; and one of the biggest causes of skin cancer is caused by overexposure to UV from the sun. A lot our blokes work out in the sun; and often do not take enough protective measures to protect their skin from damage of UV rays’ Dr Ben James, a local GP said.
“Melanoma can vary in the way it looks. The first sign is usually a new spot or change in an existing mole. If you do notice any changes to your skin, your doctor will examine you and carefully check any spots you have identified as changed. Doctors use a handheld magnifying instrument, called a dermascope, and consider a number of criteria to decide what needs to happen next. Further tests, such as a biopsy may be carried out by your GP or if need be, referred onto a specialist. But first port of call should be your GP” Dr James says.
There are some things that increases risk for melanoma, including:
· unprotected UV radiation exposure
· a history of childhood tanning and sunburn
· a pattern of short, intense periods of exposure to UV radiation
· having a lot of moles
· a family history of melanoma in a first degree relative
· fair skin, a tendency to burn rather than tan, freckles, light eye colour (blue or green), light or red hair colour
Often melanoma has no symptoms, however, the first sign is generally a change in an existing mole or the appearance of a new spot. These changes can include:
· colour – a mole may change in colour, have different colour shades or become blotchy
· size – a mole may appear to get bigger
· shape – a mole may have an irregular shape, may increase in height or not be symmetrical
· elevation – the mole may develop a raised area
· itching or bleeding.
If any of this is a concern, talk to your doctor and catch skin caner early.
For more information about melanoma visit https://www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/types-of-cancer/melanoma
Murray Irrigation’s 2020/2021 sponsorship program provided funding towards the event and Deni LHAC’s Men’s Health Campaign across the region in the lead up to Men’s Health week in June 2021.
Blokes’ Night In is a free event for men that includes dinner with guest speakers, an expert panel, resources and a mini-health check by local doctors.
There has been an overwhelming response to the Blokes Night In event planned for 16th June . Thank you to those who have booked tickets and for your support.
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