Cancer Awareness

It is vitally important to take care of your skin the same way you would feed your body the right foods and exercise.

Skin cancers are diagnosed in Australia more than all other types of cancers combined, and over 2000 people die each year from them. Australia’s rate of skin cancer is around 10 times the average in the rest of the world. It is our national cancer. Queensland’s rate is even higher than the rest of Australia.

The people most likely to be affected are those born in or before the 1960s, who did not benefit from the widespread health campaign to “Slip Slop Slap”, which started in the early 1980s. High levels of sun exposure in childhood, teenage and early adulthood is the best predictor of future skin cancers. Those who migrated to Australia (or Queensland, from a cooler part or Australia), after the age of 30 are much less likely to have problems with this disease. Those who worked outdoors for a major part of their working life are highly likely to be affected. People of Scottish, Irish, Dutch and English heritage are much more likely to have problems with lower levels of exposure, while those with darker skin are relatively unscathed despite higher doses of sunlight.

The second most common cause for skin cancer is exposure to arsenic (especially in sheep dip), which gives sheep farmers even more problems than the rest of the population.

Melanoma is the most dangerous of the common types of skin cancer, accounting for most of the 2000 deaths each year in this country. Early detection is the most important factor in improving the survival rate of this type of cancer, as the depth of the melanoma when removed determines its future potential for harm. Over recent years doctors have become more adept at diagnosing these cancers at an earlier stage and people are more aware of new or changing moles on their bodies, so at least 90% of people have no further problems with their melanoma once removed.

At Bribie Island Skin Cancer Clinic, over 700 cancers are removed per month, with around 10 of these being melanomas. We have seen over 20,000 people since opening in 2004. Many of the local doctors send people to us when they are uncertain about a possible cancer on the skin, or when more difficult surgery is required. Over 98% of cancers are able to be treated in the clinic without need for further travel.

If you are over 50, have celtic ancestry, had an outdoor occupation, or have previously had a skin cancer removed, or have something on your skin which concerns you, I would recommend your visiting the clinic. It is open 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and is located at 9/19 Benabrow Avenue, on the first roundabout after crossing the bridge to the island.

Please phone Peter Norton on 3408 6699.

Best Practices for Looking After Your Skin

Best Practices for Looking After Your Skin

It is vitally important to take care of your skin the same way you would feed your body the right foods and exercise. Everyone’s skin is different and certain
lifestyle or health factors can accelerate the breakdown of our healthy tissue so it is important to know what steps we can take keep our skin in tip top shape.

Eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamin C
These foods include strawberries, citrus fruits, Brussel sprouts, dark leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower. Try to incorporate at least one of these foods into your meal plan daily.

Apply an SPF 50+ sunscreen to your face everyday
A SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation from the sun while an SPF 50+ blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays.

Wear a hat and sunglasses when outdoors
Do this stylishly with your Club Orianna cap, visor or straw hat that you receive for being a part of the exclusive club.

Exercise regularly to encourage circulation
Regular exercise helps to reduce inflammation in the body and aids in promoting healthy circulation. It’s also fun when you join Club Orianna’s
Wednesday Wanderers!

Reduce sugar intake
This is a good thing for all parts of your body, not just your skin. Excess sugars cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body.

For more tips on how you can keep your skin healthy, contact our friends at Cosmos Skin and Beauty, Banskia Beach.

Maintaining Your Skin by Cosmos Skin and Beauty

At Cosmos Skin and Beauty you will experience and enjoy personalised results-driven skin treatments and products that are tailored specifically for you. When it comes to maintaining or improving your skin’s health there are a number of options to choose from. The best way to determine which one will benefit you the most would be to start with a complimentary skin consultation. I usually recommend having a treatment between every 4-8 weeks, this would also depend on what you are wanting to achieve. Here are a few treatments that I recommend for anti-ageing.

A microdermabrasion treatment is the perfect way to brighten and freshen your skin by providing a deep exfoliation that will remove surface dead skin, clean out pores and create hydration. There is no down time or pain.
Using cosmedical grade peels will help to provide a deep exfoliation to the skin and also help reduce the appearance of fine lines, brighten up sun-damaged skin but also helps to strengthen the skins integrity.
A Deluxe facial is another option, this treatment will help refresh and hydrate your skin.

It is really important to maintain your skin at home as just having skin treatments regularly is not sufficient. Cosmos Skin and Beauty uses and retails an amazing Australian made and owned cosmedical range using top-quality, potent and cutting-edge ingredients from all over the world. This is Australia’s leading cosmedical brand which delivers noticeable results and the best thing is that it is really affordable!

Not only is it important to look after your skin, it is also important that you make some time for you. Cosmos Skin and Beauty offers a wide range of services which include relaxation massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, spray tans and lash/brow tinting.

Feel free to contact Jess:
Mobile: 0410 839 699
Facebook: @cosmosskinandbeauty