Dermatologist examines patient birthmark with dermatoscopeHave you spent years chasing a ‘healthy tan’? Maybe you are still a sun worshiper, or maybe you covered up a long time ago when you became aware of the dangers.

Either way, you could still be at risk of skin cancer. Exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer – and the damage can be done many years before the cancer actually develops.

So, no matter how sun-safe we are today, we all need to be vigilant in checking changes to moles or patches of skin. Anything even slightly suspicious should be checked by a doctor immediately.

Changes in shape or colour of moles or patches of skin can be the first sign of skin cancer. Itching or bleeding can also be warning signs. Don’t ignore such changes as trivial – they may be completely harmless, but they may not.

Because early diagnosis is so important, and because we do not want anyone ignoring a potentially dangerous change, at Medcare we offer free skin cancer checks.

Getting one is easy. Just call our friendly reception team on 966 860 258 or fill in the form on the right, ticking ‘skin cancer mole check’.

And, make sure you protect your skin in the sun. Always use a high factor sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, and avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day.

If you want to know more about the importance of being vigilant and getting any suspicious moles, marks or lesions checked, then read Medcare patient Michael Chase’s story here…