If you have had a previous melanoma, your chance of developing another is markedly increased. If one of your first-degree relatives has had skin cancer, you are at increased risk as melanoma can be genetically linked.
Sunbed use has been proven to impact your melanoma risk. Even just a single use of a sunbed before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 59%. Sunbeds use UV Radiation, which has been proven to damage the DNA in the skin, which can cause melanoma.
The universal truth about melanoma is that it will change. If you think a lesion has changed, it should be checked immediately.
If you are concerned about skin cancer or a particular mole, then get it checked. Why? Because 3 out of 5 melanomas diagnosed are first noticed by the person it affects the most.
Melanoma is related to your total UV exposure and this is significantly influenced by exposure to UV when your skin was “younger”. If you spent a lot of time in the sun when you were younger, or had sever sunburns, you are at an increased risk and should get checked.
Itching or bleeding of moles is not normal. If you answered yes, you may have a mole that requires immediate diagnosis.
“Normal” moles resemble each other. Melanomas look different compared to surrounding moles – they are “ugly ducklings”. If you have a mole that is an outlier, that looks or feels different from your other moles, have it checked.
Answering “yes” to any of the above questions indicate that you may be at greater risk of developing Melanoma. Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment, via phone 07 3480 0111 or email email@example.com.