Early detection of skin cancer

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

At least two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

Because of this, it is important to get to know your skin, check it regularly and know what is normal for you.

More than 95 per cent of skin cancers can be treated successfully if found early.

It is crucial to check all your skin, not just sun-exposed areas.

Skin cancer is often visible, but rarely painful, making it easier to detect in the early stages.

Don't just rely on an annual skin check to detect any suspicious spots. Self-check regularly.

Changes to look for include any change in shape, size or colour of a spot or mole, or the development of a spot or mole.

To check your body:

  • Undress and stand in a spot with good light.
  • Use a large mirror and a hand-held mirror to see your back, legs and scalp.
  • Check all your skin.
  • Don’t forget to check armpits, inner legs, ears, eyelids, hands and feet.
  • Use a comb to inspect your scalp.
  • Ask a family member or friend to check any areas you think you might have missed.

If you notice any changes in your skin, make an appointment to visit your doctor.

Contributed: Cancer Council Tasmania

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