Doctor highlights importance of skin health and skin checks

ARARAT - The Ararat Medical Centre has announced Dr Novreen Rasool has further upgraded her skills in cancer management and successfully completed the Diploma in Skin Cancer.

Dr Rasool said that she is concerned about the growing skin cancer epidemic in Victoria.

She believes prevention and early detection and proper management is the key to reduce the skin cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality.

Dr Rasool said that while melanoma is the most serious skin cancer of the four types, the non-melanoma skin cancers make up the overwhelming majority of skin cancer cases.

"I encourage people to wear 30+ sunscreen all throughout the year, wear hats and avoid the sun's rays when they are the strongest," she said.

"I also encourage people to get skin checks completed at the Ararat Medical Centre regularly depending upon the skin type, past skin cancer history or history of melanoma."

Dr Rasool said that most skin cancers can be treated at the Ararat Medical Centre and for those more serious cases Dr Rasool can treat patients at the East Grampians Health Service.

All doctors at the Ararat Medical Centre are trained in assessing skin lesions and bookings can be made through the reception staff in person or by phoning 5352 2311.

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