Aussie men skin cancer risk

Have you had a skin cancer check recently?

According to Skin cancer doctor Francis Tan Australian men aged over 55 are at highest risk of skin cancer.

Dr Tan, from the National Skin Cancer Centres, said more than 1.1 million skin cancers were diagnosed in Australia in 2021, and males made up a disproportionate percentage.

Men are twice more likely than women to develop skin cancer. Unfortunately, men are also less likely to see a doctor about new or changing moles.

More than 67 per cent of Australians who die from skin cancer are men.

“Many people underestimate their risk of potentially deadly skin cancers,” Dr Tan said.

“Skin cancer sometimes shows no symptoms until an advanced stage, which is why all Australians should get a full-body skin cancer check at least once a year, or more often if you’re at high risk.”

A person is at higher risk of skin cancer if they are male, over 40, have fair skin or light-coloured hair, have many moles, have a family or personal history of skin cancer, or have experienced sun damage, especially in their youth.

Skin cancers diagnosed today in people aged 50-70 are often caused by sun exposure from three to five decades ago.

Most skin cancers develop on a man’s torso, face and neck, including the ears, nose and cheeks.

Dr Tan said annual skin checks were incredibly important for early detection and can produce life-saving results.

“With something as serious and life-threatening as skin cancer, the earlier we detect it, the higher the chances of successful treatment.”

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