What groups of people are at risk of skin cancer and what are the signs and symptoms?
Anyone can develop skin cancer but you are at higher risk when you have:
Fair or freckled skin
Red or fair hair
Light-coloured eyes (blue or green)
Skin that burns easily and doesn't tan
Been exposed to intense periods of UV radiation (e.g. while working or playing outdoor sports)
Tanned or used solariums
Previous or family history of skin cancer
Sunspots or many moles on their skin
Skin cancer facts and statistics (SunSmart Victoria):
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
More than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
379 Victorians died from skin cancer in 2015, 1.5 times the Victorian road toll that same year.
The incidence of treatments for basal and squamous cell carcinomas is more than five times the incidence of all other cancers combined.
Signs to look out for when checking your skin:
A spot that has changed size, colour, shape or texture
A spot that looks different from other spots on your skin
A sore that itches or bleeds
If you are keen to have a skin check with a specialist, please book your appointment with our friendly Dr. Pamela Padiachy, who has a wealth of experience in skin cancer treatment. Dr Pamela will assist you with a full assessment and follow-up care. Click here to book an appointment.
For more information about skin cancer, visit Cancer Council's Guide for Understanding Skin Cancer