Mayor Paul Pisasale goes under the knife to have a basal cell carcinoma removed.Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Mayor Paul Pisasale goes under the knife to have a basal cell carcinoma removed.Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Ignoring skin cancer will only end painfully

TOO many Queenslanders continue to ignore the warnings about skin cancer, allowing themselves to be sunburnt on a regular basis.

The Cancer Council has released data showing more than half of the state's adult population is getting sunburnt at least once a year, increasing their melanoma risk.

The latest Preventive Health Survey shows 54.3 per cent of Queensland aged over 18 were sunburned in 2013-14.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said sunburn was a sign of skin damage, which increased the risk of skin cancer.

"We're concerned that the majority of adults in Queensland aren't taking sun safety seriously, putting their health at risk," Ms Clift said.

Ipswich Hospital alone dealt with 328 cases of malignant melanoma or malignant neoplasms of the skin during the period February 2015 to February 2016.

Nobody is immune, even Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, who had a basal cell carcinoma removed from his face in 2014.

The cancer was found by accident when the Mayor opened a new skin cancer clinic and the doctor demonstrated how the skin microscope worked.

"Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget about the most important thing, which is our health," Cr Pisasale said at the time.

"I didn't know if it was a pimple or scar tissue, but I'd let it go too long."



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