Less than one-in-three Aussie blokes (32 per cent) consider themselves at high risk of skin cancer, despite 82 per cent reporting at least one known risk factor, such as fair hair, skin that burns easily, or spending time outdoors each week.
Moreover, most men (61 per cent) have delayed a doctor visit despite their concern about a health issue with more than a quarter of full-time workers claiming to be too busy at work and unable to spare the time.
These survey findings from the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) set for release tomorrow (Wednesday, June 6, 2018), aim to reinforce the importance of early skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention among men for Australia’s most commoncancer.2
“What’s most concerning about the new ACD survey findings is that Australian men are failing to recognise they are at risk of skin cancer, despite our country’s high level of UV exposure. Melanomas are a deadly form of skin cancer and can quickly spread to other areas of the body.3 It’s crucial men do not delay a visit to their doctor if they notice changes in their skin, no matter how busy they might be,” said Professor David Whiteman, Deputy Director, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane.