BE WATCHFUL: While getting a professional skin check is vital, it is important to keep a keen eye yourself as well.
BE WATCHFUL: While getting a professional skin check is vital, it is important to keep a keen eye yourself as well.

Are you checking your skin regularly enough?

ARE you making sure to take care of your skin on the job?

Many trade workers are exposed to a lot of sunlight during at work, and according to a Haly Health & Skin Medical Centre representative, tradies should be making a conscious effort to keep their skin healthy.

They said this included the 'slip, slop, slap, slide and seek' sun safety method, as well as keeping up to date with regular skin checks.

If you have never had skin cancer, it's safe to do annual skin checks.

However, if you have had skin cancer in the past, the team at Haly Health & Skin Medical Centre said you should get checked every six months, and if you have had a melanoma, every three months for the first two years.

The representative said that while there were many people who made sure they had check-ups, especially if they had a family history of skin cancer, there were a lot who did not.

They also said that people's intentions of taking care of their skin often kicked in about 40 years of age, even though by then, the effects could already be irreversible.

"The later you are diagnosed, it's harder to have a better outcome. Some skin cancers and melanomas have the potential to grow,” they said.

"The biggest thing is noticing if anything changes.

"Nothing can kill you if it doesn't grow. If anything changes, get it checked.”

South Burnett

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