Skin complaints are a common condition that general practitioners see in Australia. Diseases of the nails, skin and hair – such as acne and fungal infections – can be uncomfortable, embarrassing and unsightly. In the worst cases they can be fatal, e.g. malignant squamous cell carcinoma.
About two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.1 Menarini Australia works to help educate general practitioners and provide options to treat pre-cancerous lesions known as Actinic Keratoses (AKs). These lesions appear on chronically sun-exposed skin as red, scaling areas and if left untreated, may develop into non-melanoma skin cancer.
People with these lesions should have regular skin checks as they are also at risk of developing other cancers including malignant melanoma.
If you have any questions or concerns about your skin, hair and nails or your general health, speak to your doctor.
- Cancer Council NSW Website: Skin cancer statistics. Accessed 23/03/2016. http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/74325/b1000/skin-cancer-30/skin-cancer-statistics/?pp=33858&cc=10043&&ct=23