Australian Men: Beware of Skin Cancer Risk

Individuals with light skin face the highest possibility for developing skin cancer. The risk is also higher in people with fair hair and blue or green eyes. According to a survey conducted by the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), one in three Australian men are susceptible to this skin disease and 61 per cent of these participants simply ignore suspicious spots and skip skin checks.

Associate Professor Andrew Miller, President of the ACD states that men need a reality check and to be reminded that they can die from skin cancer if it’s not caught early. He added: “The earlier they are diagnosed the better the outcome, 90% of melanomas are cured simply by being cut out.”

Also Professor David Whiteman, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s deputy director says that the survey findings are very concerning. He said: “Melanomas are a deadly form of skin cancer and can quickly spread to other areas of the body. It’s crucial men to not delay a visit to their doctor if they notice changes in their skin, no matter how busy they might be.”

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