Doctor warns of skin check importance

Dr John Prior from the Parkinson Mole & Skin Cancer Clinic urging people to have regular skin checks.
Dr John Prior from the Parkinson Mole & Skin Cancer Clinic urging people to have regular skin checks. Inga Williams

LOGAN residents are being urged to get their skin checked.

Parkinson Mole and Skin Cancer Clinic doctor John Prior said a professional skin check after the age of 20 was vital.

"Skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers," he said.

"Some people are very diligent with checking their skin but most are not."

Dr Prior, who has cut out hundreds of melanoma, said people should keep an eye out for changes in the appearance of moles including asymmetry, colour and size.

"While it's the most commonly diagnosed, fortunately it's not as lethal as other cancers," he said.

"If picked up early it can be beaten."


New research reveals the incidence rates for melanoma in Australia are the highest in the world and are forecast to increase from an estimated 12,770 cases in 2011 to 17,570 cases in 2020.

The Melanoma Patients Australia figures show the average survival of metastatic melanoma patients is six months with a one year death rate of 75%.

MoleMap director and skin cancer specialist doctor Martin Haskett said despite constant public health warnings about sun exposure, a huge number of Australians weren't getting the message, or were simply ignoring it. "Australians very much have an attitude that it won't happen to them. But with the statistics as high as they are, and showing no signs of declining, people who continue to ignore specialist advice are quite literally gambling with their life," he said.

"As is the case with many forms of cancer, melanoma can often be without symptoms and, left untreated, can progress to other areas of the body. What is most frustrating from a specialist point of view is that more often than not, skin cancer is entirely preventable."

Dr Haskett said not only did Australians need to take extra care when out in the sun, they should also see a specialist as soon as they found a mole or lesion that concerned them.

He advised people to seek a specialist diagnosis immediately, preferably with a dermatologist who could refer unusual cases to a panel of peers straight away.

Topics:  skin cancer

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Former Scout leader pleads guilty to child porn charges

Brock Dittman.

Brock Emil Dittman pleaded guilty to accessing child porn.

Dreamworld: This tragedy won't stop us going back

"Dreamworld still has my support 10000% percent."

Sophie Collombet murderer: "I'm a bit of a sex addict"

French student Sophie Collombet.

Benjamin James Milward, 28, dumped body of French student near river

Local Partners

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Len Wiseman files for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Len Wiseman has filed for divorce from Kate Beckinsale

First look at Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in a scene from the TV series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

NETFLIX drops first trailer for its revival of fan favourite.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June