Skin cancer checks vital, even in winter says Skin Check WA founder


Doctor Henry Law.
Doctor Henry Law.

SKIN cancer may be the last thing on people’s minds during winter, but according to experts the colder months are actually the most important time of the year to stay vigilant.

Skin Check WA co-founder Henry Law said there was no time for complacency about skin cancer during winter.

“At Skin Check WA we see a large spike in skin cancer detections in the first weeks of sunny weather each year,” Dr Law said.

“The problem is certain types of melanoma can grow quite fast, so a delay in detection of even a couple of months can have deadly consequences for people.”

Dr Law said while less people visited their doctor for a skin check during winter, allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, nurses and occupational therapists could help play a role in detecting cancers.

“Allied health professionals may be the only people to see these potential cancers during winter,” he said.

“With some simple tips on what to look out for, they can become the first line of defence against skin cancers during the winter months.”

Dr Law, colleague Dr Howard Lam from Skin Check WA and Clinton Heal CEO of Melanoma WA will present a free public lecture at ECU Joondalup aimed at helping allied health professionals as well as the public as a whole to become better skin cancer spotters.

The lecture will be at ECU Joondalup, Building 32 on July 25 from 4.20pm to 6.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Email connect@skincheckwa.com.au to register or click here for more information.