If you are a skin cancer survivor or have been diagnosed with skin cancer, we would like to hear your story! Please share your journey with us to help raise awareness for timely skin cancer checks.
Despite most skin cancers being curable if detected and treated early, every five hours an Australian still dies from melanoma. Sharing your skin cancer story may encourage others to get a skin cancer check, catching potentially deadly skin cancers before it's too late. Whether your skin cancer journey is behind you or just getting started, your words have the power to save lives.
It's also important to celebrate our heroes. If someone encouraged you to get a skin check and thereby saved your life - or if you spotted an unusual mole on someone else's skin and urged them to see a doctor - please consider sharing this story with us too. We would love to learn more about your hero.
Your words have the power to make a difference and save someone's life.
Send us your story along with a photo, or record a video describing your journey. Thank you for joining us in the fight against skin cancer.
I knew I was past due for my next skin cancer check and had it on my to-do list for some time. I had a basal cell carcinoma removed in my late 20s so I know how important it is to get checked regularly by doctors. Plus, my mother and sister have histories of skin cancers, emphasising just how important it is for me to keep on top of my own skin health.
My hero is my mate Martin. I was at his place watching the cricket and having a chat, when he asked me, "What is that on your arm?" I said, "I'm not sure. It looks like a rash and it's been there for a few weeks." He responded with, "I would get that checked out by your doctor."
My hero is the amazing team I work with at Sun Patrol Skin Cancer Centre, Officer, who encouraged me to get a skin check. Working here, I would see people walk through the doors every day and sometimes the doctors would find a nasty spot or two on their skin.
My hero's name is Gizmo and he is a 10-year-old very loving, devoted Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Two years ago I noticed Gizmo's behaviour change in regards to me. He would constantly follow me and sniff a particular mole on my leg. When I sat down with him, his nose would constantly go to the mole on my leg.
My hero is the team at the cricket hub Cricket Southern Bayside (CSB). When they encouraged all members to get a skin check, I followed their advice and that potentially saved my life. I had a suspicious spot on my forehead that I knew needed checking, but that wasn’t the end of it.
My hero is my mum. When I was 12 years old, Mum noticed an abnormal freckle on my right tricep. Even though my mum had been told by her dermatologist that children didn’t need a skin check until they turned 16, she booked an appointment with our local GP to get my freckle looked at. The doctor referred us to Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre.
My hero is the doctor who acted so quickly to save my life 37 years ago. I went to a doctor to have an itchy rash on my face looked at. He asked if I was itchy anywhere else and I pointed out a mole behind my ear, hidden in my hair.
My hero is Linda, the Practice Manager of the New Town Skin Cancer Centre! I am a professional window cleaner and whilst window cleaning at the facility she suggested that I should book in to have my skin checked.