Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Skin Cancer also accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. The earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential scars or even fatality.
Watch your skin and look out for any changes that might suggest a skin cancer. Look for:
- Any spots that are scabbed, bleeding, crusting, non-healing or especially recurring
- Small lumps that are black, pink, pale or pearly in colour
- Any spot or mole that doesn’t look right compared to your other skin spots
- New spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months (especially those dark brown to black, red or blue-black in colour).