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With Christmas and the New Year now behind us and the Adelaide summer reaching its height, we turn our attention to skin cancer month at Windsor Village and Oakden Medical Centres. Most skin cancers are caused by UV exposure, and with 2 in 3 Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, we are encouraging everyone to be SunSmart and:  

- slip on sun-protective clothing  

- slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen  

- slap on a broad-brimmed hat  

- seek shade  

- slide on sunglasses

 

In addition to prevention, there are checks you can undertake to diagnose skin cancer, particularly melanoma, early. If you have an existing mole that is:  

- asymmetrical

- has an irregular border

- has a variation in colour across it, or

- is enlarging in diameter

It is worth getting it checked out by your regular doctor, or at our recently opened Skin Alive Clinic held at both sites.

Dr Justin Dooland is a GP and Practice Principal at Windsor Village and Oakden Medical Centres

With thanks to our new partners

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