Should You Get A Urgent Skin Checkup?
Here at Sunshine’s Central Health Clinic, we know that summer in Australia can be brutal for our skin. So should You Get A Skin Checkup? In the summer months, we see dangerously high levels of Ultraviolet Radiation, also known as UV radiation, which has been linked to skin cancers and melanoma. However, these risks can be prevented by getting a regular mole and skin check.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors or have a family history of skin cancer, book an appointment for Skin Checkup with one of our Sunshine Medical Centre’s GPs for a skin check. Early detection is important as it may prevent the spread of skin cancer to other parts of your body.
Should You Get A Skin Checkup?
Ever since the link between cancer and UV radiation was discovered, an index has been created to warn people about days where UV radiation is particularly high. This is often included on weather information sites such as the Bureau of Meteorology, as well as in print and TV media. The index is included alongside information of when the UV radiation is at its highest; usually between 11 am to 3 pm.
UV radiation information is monitored by a government agency called ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.) On their website, they have graphs showing how much UV radiation is present.
The Bureau of Meteorology uses information from ARPANSA and, if the UV index is above 3, they issue a warning. There are also Sun Smart apps available which are endorsed by the Cancer Council and have information on UV radiation.