A recent survey of 1003 Australians, conducted by life insurance company TAL, found that 64% of participants had not had their skin checked within the last 12 months.
88% of those surveyed knew that they should monitor their moles and freckles for signs and symptoms of Skin Cancer however 72% admitted to not knowing what changes to look for and relied heavily on health professionals to check their skin.
Skin cancer is one of Australia’s most common cancers, but it is also one of the most easily detectable and preventable.
In Australia, more than 14,000 Australians are predicted to have been diagnosed with the potentially deadly Melanoma in 2018. Checking your own skin regularly and having annual checks with your GP or Skin Specialist has never been more important.
Work Health Professionals also provide onsite workplace skin screening. This is a great health and wellbeing initiative now being offered by more companies in Australia. For some organisations, worker sun exposure is a hazardous risk that must be managed.
Employers have a duty of care to manage the risks of exposure to the sun for workers who work outdoors. This is part of their “Duty of Care” under the OHS Act. Our comprehensive onsite skin screening program and company report helps you to meet this duty of care and also allows you to review the effectiveness of training and use of sun safety PPE within your workforce.
Best way to check moles and freckles
Below is the ABCDE algorithm that can be used to assess your moles and freckles for any changes. Other changes worth mentioning are lesions that do not heal, bleed or itch. Please see your GP or Skin Specialist straight away if you notice any of these changes.
Take the time to check yours, your partners and your kids moles and freckles this week!