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Workplace skin checks: prevent-check-detect

Workplace skin checks can help prevent, check and detect skin cancer!

Did you know?…

  • Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world
  • Every year in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers, and
  • Around 2,000 people die from this disease every year however the good news is that it may be preventable with regular skin checks

More than 95% of skin cancers are caused by unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Meaning it is preventable.

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When is a good time to get a skin check?

Every year in Australia, skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers and approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70*.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians. In 2015, 13, 694 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

Unless there is something of specific concern, the best time of year to have a skin check is during Autumn or Winter when the skin has seen less sun.

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