Skin cancer check

Skin cancer Australia

1- Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.         Around two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

     Australia has one of the highest rate of Melanoma (around13,000 a year).

2- Early detection is very important.

3- Most skin cancer can be successfully treated if it is found early.




1- It’s your doctor’s job to diagnose skin cancer, but you will know better than anyone else

2- if something on your skin is Sore, Changing, Abnormal or New.

Remember – together with sun protection, early detection is your best defence against skin cancer.

Complete the online risk prediction tool to calculate your skin cancer risk

How to check your skin

  • Most GP's needs to have extra training to be able to check your skin and get accredited to safely check patients

  • The GP uses a device called dermatoscope. The Dermatoscope magnifies the skin and makes it easier in trained hands to diagnose Melanoma and Non Melanoma Skin cancer.

  • There are handheld dermatoscopes and digital dermatoscopes (like Mole Map system)

  • Photogoraphy is sometimes recommended for high risk patients to monitor skin lesion.

  • You need to wear comfortable clothes and wear no make up. 

  • The full Skin check using a handheld can take between 30-40 minutes.  

The Doctor's Role

Skin cancer Prevention

What a beautiful weather and it’s time to enjoy the sun. Skin care is very important. Some tips

1-Check the website for the UV radiation and always use sunscreen SPF30+

2- be SunSmart Slip! Slop!Slap! Seek & Slide

3- Look for any new skin lesions, any lesion which is changing in colour, size or shape. Or if the lesion starts to be painful, itchy or bleeding.

4- Have a regular skin check.


Enjoy the sun and get Vitamin D