Men are urged to keep an eye on the health of their skin. Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Men are urged to keep an eye on the health of their skin. Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Queensland blokes urged to look after skin

QUEENSLAND blokes are some of the toughest in the country, especially those that live in regional communities.

With that in mind, only 36 per cent of Queensland blokes consider themselves at high risk of skin cancer, despite 87 per cent reporting at least one known risk factor, such as fair hair, skin that burns easily, or spending time outdoors each week.

Moreover, most Australian men (61 per cent) have delayed a doctor visit despite their concern about a health issue, with more than a quarter of full-time employees claiming to be too busy at work and unable to spare the time.

According to Dr David Francis, dermatologist and President-elect of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Brisbane, early diagnosis is key to successful treatment.

"Men are at higher risk of developing both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer than women, but are often more reluctant to visit a doctor to have their skin checked,” said Dr Francis.

"Removing the primary melanoma at the origin will resolve 90 per cent of cases of the disease, which makes early detection and diagnosis absolutely critical.

"It's crucial that all Australians, particularly men, prioritise their skin health, by performing regular self-skin checks for changing or non-healing marks, and visit a doctor as soon as they notice anything suspicious,” Dr Francis said.


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