Should I be worried about skin cancers?
Skin types are typically classified into the Fitzpatrick scale:
- Type I (scores 06) Pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles Always burns, never tans
- Type II (scores 713) White; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes Usually burns, tans minimally
- Type III (scores 1420) Cream white; fair with any hair or eye color; quite common Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
- Type IV (scores 2127) Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone Rarely burns, always tans well
- Type V (scores 2834) Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types Very rarely burns, tans very easily
- Type VI (scores 35+) Deeply pigmented dark brown to black Never burns, tans very easily
Everybody who lives in Australia should be worried about skin cancers. Regular skin checks is essential, especially for those with fair skin, a history of sun exposure during their youth or a family history of skin cancers. Twelve monthly skin checks are recommended for everyone, which should be increased to six monthly if you have had a history of skin cancer in the past. Skin checks can be done by your regular family doctor, GP's with special interest in skin cancers, or a dermatologist. Talk to your GP for a recommendation.
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