Skin Cancer Checks
Anyone can develop skin cancer but many people in Australia are at an increased risk. In fact, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. If you have any of the risk factors listed below talk to your GP about the need for a comprehensive skin review and an annual skin check-up.
You may be at increased risk of skin cancer if you…
- Have a lot of moles
- Have moles of irregular shape and colour
- Have a close relative who has had any type of skin cancer
- Are over 50 years of age
- Have had intense exposure to the sun
- Have had any type of skin cancer in the past
- Have skin that is fair, burns or freckles easily
- Have had severe sunburn in the past
If you have any suspicious moles or spots OR you would just like a skin check-up, talk to your GP next time you are in about a comprehensive skin review. All our GPs are able to do Skin Checks.
We also have a team of GPs skilled in minor skin excisions. Your GP will be able to advise you on the best treatment options for you if a suspicious skin lesion is identified. For more information about skin excisions please see our page on Surgical Procedures.
Did you know?
Australians are 4 times more likely to develop a common skin cancer than any other form of cancer. The incidence of melanoma is 4 times higher in Australia than it is in Canada, the US and the UK. Most melanomas grow from skin between existing moles and many grow on skin that has little, if any, sun exposure. Melanomas can grow ANYWHERE!
It's a good idea to become familiar with your skin through regular self-checks. You may need to ask a partner to check areas of skin you cannot easily see, such as your back. When checking your skin look out for the following:
- Any spot, mole or freckle that has changed in shape, size or colour
- A new spot that is different from other spots around it
- Any small, dome-shaped lump that wasn’t there before
- A sore that doesn’t heal or appears to ulcerate, or a sore that heals and then breaks down again
If you notice any of these signs contact us to make an appointment with your GP.