When was the last time you had yourself checked for signs of melanoma?
A recent study has found nearly half of Australians have not been checked for skin cancer over the last five years.
The results are concerning when you consider that Australians have the highest incidence rate of skin cancer in the developed world, and doctors are pleading for people to show more awareness for the deadly condition.
The survey, carried out by Canstar Blue, polled 1,500 Australians who had purchased sunscreen.
It found young people were the most likely to ignore skin cancer warnings, with only 36 per cent of Generation Y claiming to have their skin checked regularly.
According to the Department of Health and Ageing, two out of every three people living in Australia will contract skin cancer before the age of 70.
Private health insurance can provide benefits for natural therapies and pharmacy expenses which may assist in the treatment of skin cancer. Removal of melanomas as day surgery procedures are covered by your health fund.
According to Terry Slevin, Skin Cancer Committee chair at the Cancer Council of Australia, it is men that are most at risk.
"All our data tells us that the main culprits who aren’t doing the right thing when it comes to early detection of skin cancer is blokes," said Mr Slevin in an interview with AAP.
During the hot summer months, skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes according to the Australian Cancer Council. As always, the best way to protect yourself is by following the 5 SunSmart rules.