Skin Cancer

Gavin is a 47 years old builder who has presented to his GP for a repeat script of his blood pressure medications. His GP got alarmed to see a dark freckly mark on his neck. On further enquiry Gavin informs his GP he has noticed it only a few weeks ago, he believes it is ok as it does not hurt or bleeds, there is no family history of melanoma. The GP advises Gavin to get his freckle excised as it has some changes on Dermoscopy.
An excisional biopsy reveals that the lesion was a Level ll Melanoma.
A regular skin check can save lives.

How Do I Check To See If I Have A skin Cancer ?

It's your doctor's job to diagnose skin cancer but you will know better than anyone else. If something in your skin is
Sore, Changing, Abnormal on New.
Here is the simple guide to help you recognize the early signs of skin cancer.
Look for a spot or mole that is.

Sore

Scaly, itchy, bleeding, tender and doesn't
heal within 6 weeks.

Changing

Changing in size, shape, color or texture

Abnormal

Looks different, feels different, or stands our
when compared to your other spots and moles.

New

has appeared on your skin recently. Any new
moles or spots should be checked,
especially if you a re over 40.
The more of the above features a spot
or mole has the more concerning it may be.
Get it checked by a doctor.

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Who should I see if I
find something on my skin.

See you GP for an urgent Skin Check.
Have regular skin checks.

The information in this brochure should not be used as a substitute for advice from
a properly qualified medical professional.
It is provided for general information purpose only.

Australia and New Zealand
have the highest rates of
skin cancer in the world.

Skin Cancer Types

BCC (Basal Cell Cancer)

  • The most common , usually pink and may bleed or itch.
  • Growth is confined locally potentially more dangerous on the face.

SCC(Squamous Cell Cancer)

  • More serious as they can spread to the lymph glands.
  • Often arise from sunspots
  • Are usually scaly and may be tender

Melanoma

  • The most serious as they can spread via the blood steam throughout the body.
  • Can arise anywhere o the body, including the face scalp, lips , ears, under fingernails, or toenails(brown stripes), on the sole of the feet and in the area that have never seen the sun.
  • Can be raised or flat, fast or slow growing and rarely, pink in colour (especially in fair skinned people)