Finding Skin Cancer Early With Screening

As one of the most common cancers, skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Australia’s incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, making early and effective detection and treatment paramount in keeping you healthy.

At Skin Smart Australia, we are at the forefront of skin cancer screening techniques, with highly trained and specialised professionals using the latest equipment to deliver the highest quality service.

Mole mapping

Common Forms of Skin Cancer

Melanoma

The fourth most common cancer in Australia and the most serious type of skin cancer. If detected late, Melanoma that has spread is often fatal.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Often thickened, red and scaly spots found on sun exposed areas. This is the next most aggressive form of skin cancer second to Melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma

The most common form of skin cancer appearing on areas regularly exposed to the sun.

The good news is that detecting melanoma before it spreads has the potential to improve the 5 year survival rate to 99%, demonstrating the positive impact of early detection. With up to 99% of skin cancers caused by sun exposure, and with so many of us having experienced unprotected exposure in the past, ensuring that you have regular skin cancer screening is an excellent way to be proactive about your own health.

Detecting Skin Abnormalities

It is often difficult for the naked eye to tell a melanoma or other skin cancer apart from a benign lesion. Melanoma does not always appear as a dark spot and can be lighter or even pink or red in colour. They can even be symmetrical, contrary to popular belief. In addition, the tiny but very real changes that occur within skin cancers can be difficult for patients to recognise.

Features which indicate malignancy, such as pigment, vessel and colour patterns, are often only detectable with the use of a dermatoscope during a skin cancer assessment. We can also use specialised equipment to capture an image for future comparison.