Wheatbelt doctor urges people to get regular checks for skin cancer


Dr Oladapo Alegbe checks out a patient’s skin.
Dr Oladapo Alegbe checks out a patient’s skin.

A DOCTOR with an interest in skin cancer management is urging people to check their skin.

Wheatbelt GP Network’s Oladapo Alegbe has weekly skin clinics in Northam and Toodyay.

“If a freckle or mole changes shape, colour or size; or a new spot appears especially in ages above 30, or any small lumps or bumps of concern, then visit your doctor as soon as possible,” Dr Alegbe said.

“The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.”

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer. It accounts for about 80 per cent of new cancers diagnosed in Australia.

At least two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.

Medicare records show there are more than 750,000 non-melanoma skin cancers treated each year, which equates to more than 2000 skin cancers each day.

Ninety-five per cent of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early. According to Sunsmart however delays in seeking treatment have caused rural patients to have 20 to 30 per cent greater mortality than metropolitan patients.

To visit a Dr Alegbe skin clinic in Northam and Toodyay, call 9621 4444.