As we step into 2024, it’s an opportune time to set new health goals and prioritize our well-being. A crucial aspect often overlooked, is incorporating regular health check-ups into our routine. This month, we especially focus on skin checks.
The Alarming Statistics:
In Australia, skin cancer remains a significant health problem. Recent data show that one in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, making it the most common form of cancer in the country. Melanoma, the most concerning form of skin cancer, is estimated to affect over 15,000 people annually. These statistics highlight the importance of proactive measures, such as regular skin checks, in preventing and detecting skin cancers early.
Understanding the Importance of Skin Checks:
Skin checks are not just for those with a history of sun exposure; they are important for everyone. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and serves as a reflection of our overall health. Regular skin checks can identify any suspicious moles, spots, or changes in skin pigmentation, to help detect early of skin cancers. Early detection improves the chances of successful treatment.
What to Expect During a Skin Check:
When you schedule a skin check with your healthcare provider, your skin will be thoroughly examined for any abnormalities. This could involve checking areas not commonly exposed to the sun, as some skin cancers can develop in unexpected locations.
Taking Charge of Your Health:
Making regular skin checks routine is a proactive step toward maintaining overall well-being. Here are some tips to stay sun-safe and skin-conscious:
Sunscreen is Your Armor: Everyday, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading outdoors.
Seek Shade: Limit direct sun exposure, especially during peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm.
Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats for added protection.
As you embark on your health journey this new year, remember to make regular skin checks, part of your preventive care routine. Stay tuned for more health insights and tips in the coming months!
Footy Tipping Competition Reminder
The AFL season starts 7th March and we will be running a Bluff Road Medical and Bayside Family Medical Competition. The competition will be run from footytips.com.au – if you have never used this website, we suggest that you sign up prior.
The cost of entry is $20 which needs to be transferred prior to the first game of the season to to register your interest please use the button below
For the overall prize pool 40% will go towards a charity (suggestions welcome).
For the remaining prize pool (60%) this is what will then be divided amongst 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
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