Pale skin in this society is widely and mistakenly associated with the presence of ill health. As far as skin cancer is concerned, the sun bronzed Aussie is a walking recipe for dermatological disaster.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun are now known to cause melanomas, basal and squamous cell carcinomas, as well as cataracts and pterygians. Still Australians expose themselves every day to the electro magnetic radiation of this solar systems greatest uncontrolled nuclear reactor. One Australian dies every day from the effects of malignant melanoma and every Australian alive today will develop one of the non melanotic forms of skin cancer.
Freezing with liquid nitrogen is a very effective way to remove a superficial squamous cell carcinoma and even an early basal cell carcinoma. Perhaps the safest remedy remains the removal of tumours under a local aesthetic as a minor surgical procedure. In this way laboratory inspection can confirm the nature and the complete removal of a tumour.
Vitamin A derivatives have unusual anti skin cancer properties. They can cause regression in pre malignant lesions and have a variable effect on melanotic skin cancers. It is not suggested that people test these effects without the consent and supervision of a qualified medical practitioner. Any bleeding, ulceration, heaping up or expansion of an otherwise harmless sunspot should be viewed at the doctor’s surgery without delay.