Did you know, that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the world? In some hotspots, the numbers are dramatic – by the age of 70, one out of five people in America will be diagnosed with skin cancer, and two out of three in Australia, which (together with New Zealand) also has the highest incidence and mortality rate for melanoma in the world. To help minimise this risk, a simple examination at Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital can end up saving your life.
While the risk of getting skin cancer is certainly higher for people of European descent, Hong Kong overall has seen a 65% increase in non-melanoma skin cancer (including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma) and a 56% increase in melanoma cases between 2005 and 2014. Non-melanoma skin cancer is actually the seventh most common cancer in Hong Kong, and the number of diagnoses in recent years has medical professionals concerned.
How a Simple Exam Can Save Your Life
Fortunately, skin cancer is highly treatable, especially when detected early. Even the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma, has a 95% survival rate if caught before it spreads to the lymph nodes or organs. Early detection may also allow you to avoid surgery or procedures that might scar.
And yet despite the obvious importance of early detection, many patients are unaware of the need for this particular medical examination and yet they would have gone undiagnosed without the screening programme.
People with fair complexions, freckles, and many or unusual moles are generally advised to regularly check for suspicious-looking spots, but due to years of exposure to the sun, seniors over the age of 65 should also start arranging regular skin exams. However, this raises a bigger issue – do you know what to look for? How would you identify a ‘suspicious’ spot? How do you check those hard-to-see locations?
Put Your Trust in Professionals
Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital offers a Total Body Skin Examination Package with a top-to-bottom inspection and consultation to answer all your questions, including what you should be on the look-out for.
To help minimise your risk of skin cancer and relieve your worries, GHK is now offering a Total Body Skin Examination Package which includes a dermatologist consultation, a full skin examination and a report with photo documentation (total examination time is around 30 to 45 minutes). From now until 31 December 2019, GHK offers a 10% discount on this package, dropping the price from $1,840 to just $1,656.
For more information or to book for an appointment, contact Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital Skin & Laser Clinic at (+852) 3153 9161.
Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital, 1 Nam Fung Path, Wong Chuk Hang, (+852) 3153 9000