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Basal cell carcinoma: An overview

CATEGORY: skin cancer, BCC, skin cancer treatment, Risks

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. It arises from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of the skin’s basal cells and usually develops slowly. Most BCCs are curable and cause m...

LED light therapy for rosacea

CATEGORY: Treatment, LED, rosacea

Rosacea: that permanent flush that rises over your cheeks and nose, resulting in unwanted redness and sometimes even acne-like pimples. It’s a skin condition that affects 415 million people worldwide,...

6 ways to stay sun safe outside of summer

CATEGORY: Prevention, sun safety

The weather is cooling down in some parts of the country, which means the issue of sun safety isn’t front of mind anymore. The further we get from summer, the more readily we discard hats and sunscree...

5 sneaky ways your skin is exposed to UV

CATEGORY: skin cancer, sunburn

We might think it’s obvious when our skin has been exposed to too much sun. It sometimes happens when we’ve gone to the beach and forgotten to re-apply sunscreen, or when we’ve headed out for a walk i...

What's so bad about sunburn?

What’s so bad about sunburn? In the short-term, it causes pain, redness and discomfort, but this quickly fades and leaves many of us with a glowing tan. So what is sunburn and why is it so bad? Why sh...

How can I prepare my kids for my skin cancer surgery?

CATEGORY: skin cancer surgery, skin cancer, skin cancer treatment

If you have an upcoming skin cancer procedure, you probably have a lot on your mind. If you are a parent, one of those things might be how your kids will react to your surgery – after all, any bandage...

Driving your skin cancer risk

CATEGORY: skin cancer, Risks

When you think about factors that increase your skin cancer risk, you probably think of direct sun exposure, repeated sunburns at the beach, tanning by the pool, or spending endless hours outdoors. Tr...

Are skin cancer patients at greater risk of COVID-19?

CATEGORY: skin cancer, Risks

Are you at higher risk of catching COVID-19 – or experiencing more severe symptoms – if you currently have skin cancer or are a skin cancer survivor?

How to protect your eyes from skin cancer

CATEGORY: skin cancer, eye problems, Prevention

When you think of skin cancer, you might think of an ugly mole or freckle somewhere on your skin – maybe on your cheeks where they’ve seen too much sun, or your shoulders where you tend to tan. But th...

Why you shouldn't try at-home mole removal

CATEGORY: skin cancer surgery, skin cancer, skin cancer treatment, mole removal

You've noticed a worrying wart, a changing mole, a freckle that wasn’t there before, or maybe a skin tag you would rather be without. You’re not thrilled about seeing a doctor for your concern – it’s ...

7 ways to prepare for your skin cancer check

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skin cancer check

Skin cancer checks are one of those regular medical check-ups that should be fixed in every Australian’s annual calendar. It is recommended that all adults see their doctor for a full-body skin exam a...

Everything you should know about skin cancer around the eyes

CATEGORY: skin cancer, eye problems

When we think of areas of the body most affected by skin cancer, most of us think of those highly sun-exposed areas like the arms, shoulders and nose. But did you know that a very common site for skin...

What to do when you're accidentally sunburnt

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skincare, sunburn

No one enjoys getting sunburnt, and very few people intentionally bake in the sun (or, at least, you shouldn’t). But sometimes the sun catches you unprepared and sunburn happens. There’s no reversing ...

How to understand sunscreen labels

CATEGORY: sunscreen

Do you know what terms like “broad-spectrum” and “SPF” mean on sunscreen labels? A recent study of nearly 500 people in the US found that many people don’t understand several key terms on sunscreen pr...

Male vasectomy: Everything you should know

In addition to our expert skin cancer services, we also perform male vasectomy procedures at our centre in Ridgehaven, SA. Our doctors have over 30 years' experience in performing these procedures and...

Happy Holidays from National Skin Cancer Centres!

The year 2020 has been an interesting ride for all of us! Some of our personal highlights include expanding our centres to 12 locations across Australia (with more to come), seeing 80,000 patients (an...

How to manage greasy skin caused by sunscreen

CATEGORY: sunscreen

It’s no secret that Australians need to wear sunscreen every day, even in winter. Our skin cancer rates are the highest in the world, with over 800,000 diagnoses each year. Part of the Aussie way of l...

Nodular melanoma: What you need to know

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skin cancer diagnosis, Treatment, melanoma

What is nodular melanoma, what does it look like, who is at risk, and what is the prognosis if you have it? Here is everything you need to know about nodular melanoma.

National Skin Cancer Action Week 2020

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skin cancer diagnosis, Prevention, skin cancer check

Looking after your skin health is always essential, but for one week every year, we have a special reminder about the importance of taking action against skin cancer, knowing your risk, and protecting...

5 health checks you need to have

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skin cancer check, skin check

Medical screenings and routine health check-ups undoubtedly save lives. Early detection of certain diseases and cancers can significantly improve your chances of survival and are often the catalyst fo...

What life moments wouldn’t you want to miss out on?

CATEGORY: skin cancer, Stories, #DontMissOut

Meet Chris. A loving father of two, significant other, and just your “average” Australian bloke. So much so, he’s also been diagnosed with melanoma, just like 9,480 other Australian men who are estima...

6 tips to prep your skin for summer

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skincare, skin cancer check, skin tips

Summer is on the horizon, bringing with it some hotter days, longer daylight hours, and better conditions for enjoying the outdoors. As we pack away our jackets and reach instead for the short sleeves...

Sunscreen jargon explained

Do you know what to look for when choosing a sunscreen product? Are you across the different terminologies used on the label, such as “broad-spectrum” and “SPF”? A new study indicates that many people...

6 things you can do to protect your skin this week

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks, sunscreen, skin health

With the busyness of life it is easy enough to forget to look after your skin and protect it from the sun on a daily basis. Did you know that in Australia, the levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation fro...

Hear from the experts: What is skin cancer?

CATEGORY: skin cancer

What is skin cancer? In this short video, Dermoscopist Elena West answers your common questions about skin cancer including what it is, what causes it, and where you're most likely to find it.

Can skin cancer look like a pimple?

CATEGORY: Risks, symptoms

Skin cancers come in many shapes, sizes and colours, so they can often be difficult to distinguish from normal freckles, moles and blemishes. Sometimes, skin cancers can even mimic other common skin p...

Can skin cancer look like a blood blister?

CATEGORY: Detection

Skin cancer comes in all different shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Usually, skin cancers are noticeable when they appear as a new spot on your body or when an existing mole changes in some way. S...

Everything you need to know about growing new moles after 30

CATEGORY: Prevention, Detection, Risks

We are often told that a new or changing mole raises alarm bells for skin cancer. In actuality, it’s very common for people to acquire and lose moles over the course of their lifetime. Most moles are ...

What's involved in a skin cancer check?

CATEGORY: Detection, skin cancer check

Living in the country with the highest skin cancer rate in the world, skin cancer is top of mind for many Australians. After all, two thirds of us will develop the disease by the age of 70 and one Aus...

Everything you should know about skin cancer in skin of colour

CATEGORY: Prevention, Detection, Risks

It is a common misconception that people with dark skin can’t get skin cancer. While skin cancer is less prevalent in dark-skinned racial groups, people of colour can still develop the disease. In fac...

When to see your skin cancer doctor

CATEGORY: Detection

Did you know that a lot of skin cancers are completely invisible to the naked eye? Skin cancers can develop anywhere on the body - even inside your mouth or on the soles of your feet - and often don't...

My most memorable patient: Why you should encourage your loved ones to get a skin check

CATEGORY: Detection

Did you know that skin cancer can affect anyone and occur anywhere on the body, and it often shows no symptoms until an advanced stage? Encouraging your loved ones to get a regular skin check could sa...

Chemical sunscreens vs physical sunscreens: What’s the difference and are they safe?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks, sunscreen

How do chemical-based sunscreens compare to physical sun “blocks”? What’s the difference? Are they safe for my skin and the environment? These are some of the common questions people ask when it comes...

Top 6 tips to prepare for your skin check

CATEGORY: Detection, skin cancer check

Did you neglect your skin health during the coronavirus pandemic? It's really important to catch up on all your general health check-ups, especially when it comes to conditions that won’t wait, such a...

Webinar: How to spot skin cancer

CATEGORY: skin cancer, Treatment, Detection, Risks

You could help save someone's life by learning to identify suspicious spots that could be skin cancer. Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with one person dying every five hours from me...

Everything you need to know about skin cancer on the lip

CATEGORY: skin cancer, skin cancer treatment

A common place for skin cancers to develop is on the lip, likely because the face receives a lot of sun exposure over our lifetime and the lips are often missed when we apply sunscreen. If you have be...

Free skin cancer training: Learn how to spot skin cancer!

CATEGORY: skin cancer, Detection

You could save your own or a loved one's life by learning to identify suspicious spots that could be skin cancer!

Family history of melanoma? You could be at risk.

CATEGORY: skin cancer, Risks

Did you know that skin cancer can run in the family? Around 2,000 lives are lost every year to melanoma. This deadly form of skin cancer is predominantly caused by sun exposure, but it can also be her...

[WEBINAR] Skin cancer training: Can you spot a skin cancer?

CATEGORY: skin cancer

You could help save a client's life by learning to identify suspicious spots that could be skin cancer. Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with 2 in 3 Australians diagnosed with the po...

COVID-19 update for our valued patients

CATEGORY: covid-19

As a medical practice, we are doing everything we can to protect our valued patients from coronavirus (COVID-19) while continuing to deliver essential skin checks and treatments. Our Clinical Director...

[COVID-19] Should I still get a skin check?

CATEGORY: covid-19

In these uncertain times, we want to let you know that we are still here for you. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please don’t forget the importance of maintaining your skin health. Our s...

What you need to know about non-melanoma skin cancers

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

Over 800,000 skin cancers are diagnosed in Australia each year. In fact, non-melanoma skin cancers are more commonly diagnosed than all other cancers combined. So, what are the signs and symptoms, and...

Patches of my skin are darkening. Is it skin cancer?

CATEGORY: Treatment, Risks

Are you noticing patches of darkening skin on your face and neck? It might be hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the appearance of uneven discolouration or dark blotches on the skin. So, what cau...

Can smartphone apps detect skin cancer?

CATEGORY: Detection, Research

Do smartphone apps that assess moles for skin cancer actually work? Some new research suggests these popular apps might not be a reliable method of detecting all forms of skin cancer.

Did you know that it’s National Skin Cancer Action Week?

CATEGORY: Prevention, safety

National Skin Cancer Action Week runs from the 17 - 23 November 2019 and is an excellent reminder about the importance of protecting our skin from the sun and practising sun safety every day – particu...

Is your birthmark hiding a melanoma?

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

Many people have birthmarks, but what exactly lies within these marks that we have carried with us since birth? We know that they can appear anywhere on the body and come in many different shapes, siz...

How to prepare for skin cancer surgery

CATEGORY: Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, your doctor may decide that surgery is the best course of treatment for your tumour. In conjunction with your doctor’s expert advice, here is what you need...

Why do I need a skin cancer check every year?

CATEGORY: Detection

Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with around 800,000 diagnoses every year. To make sure one of those skin cancers isn't growing on your skin, regular professional skin cancer checks ...

Is your job putting you at risk of skin cancer?


Occupational sun exposure is responsible for about 34,000 cases of skin cancer every year in Australia. Exposure to the sun’s UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer and its harmful effects b...

Are you getting consistent sunscreen advice?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Research

We know we need to 'slip, slop and slap' when we spend time in the sun, but a study has found that some other valuable sun safety advice is being left out of the message. An analysis of 69 Australian ...

What happens to your skin when you skip sunscreen?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks

What are you actually doing to your skin when you skip that sunscreen step? We’re told to make sunscreen application a daily habit, or at least use it on days where the UV Index rises above 3. But why...

How often do you get sunburnt?


As we come into the warmer months, it's even more important to remember our daily dose of sunscreen. While there is no link between warmer temperatures and UV rays (the radiation responsible for sunbu...

Can skin cancers develop under tattooed skin?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Detection

There is a common misconception that tattoos can protect against skin cancer by creating a physical barrier between skin cells and the sun's harmful UV rays, similar to how clothing can protect the sk...

Answered: Your top 5 questions about skin cancer

CATEGORY: Treatment, Detection

1. Do skin cancers appear suddenly? Skin cancer can grow quickly over a matter of weeks, but can also be slow-growing over many months or even years. Even the smallest of skin cancers can be potential...

Do children need regular skin cancer checks?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Detection

One of the most important things to a parent is keeping their child healthy, so a question commonly asked by concerned mums and dads is whether children should have regular skin checks.

Your guide to sunscreen jargon

CATEGORY: Prevention

When it comes to protecting our skin from sun damage and sunburn, we know we should use sunscreen as often as possible. But many of us get confused by the jargon used on sunscreen labels.

Know your skin and spot the signs of skin cancer

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australians, with one person dying every six hours from melanoma. As skin cancer is easier to treat when found early, it is really important to get to k...

Skin cancer: What you need to know

CATEGORY: Treatment, Detection, Risks

Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, accounting for over a quarter of cases globally. In fact, two in three Aussies will be diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease by the time we r...

How does the UV Index work?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks

We are frequently reminded of the importance of sun safety and protecting ourselves from ultraviolet (UV) radiation to avoid skin cell damage, which leads to premature signs of ageing and skin cancer....

Are sun beds a safe alternative for a winter tan?


With winter in full swing, your skin may be lacking its usual tan. But did you know that solariums and sun beds are not a safe way to get that summer glow?

Common skin bumps and how to tell if they are a cause for concern

CATEGORY: Detection

Throughout our lifetimes, our skin plays host to all kinds of lumps and bumps – many of which are harmless, but there are some worth monitoring and even getting checked by a doctor. Here are some comm...

Five ways to be sun safe (even in winter!)

CATEGORY: Prevention

Did you know that in Australia, the levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun are high enough to damage your skin all year round, especially in northern parts of the country closest to the equ...

How the ozone layer impacts skin cancer risk

CATEGORY: Risks, Research

Our risk of developing skin cancer has been elevated by changes to the ozone layer over the last 40 years, according to an international study. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in...

How to combat dry skin in winter

CATEGORY: Prevention

Dry skin is a common problem for a lot of people during the winter months, as our skin is exposed to colder temperatures and drier air. These conditions compromise our skin's ability to retain moistur...

What is an Aesthetic Doctor?

When you consider undergoing an aesthetic treatment, there can be some confusion about the different types of medical professionals, their areas of speciality, and exactly what services they provide. ...

Can you still get skin cancer in winter?

CATEGORY: Prevention

As temperatures drop, don't think you can put away the sunscreen and hang up your sun hat. It's important to wear sun protection year-round to lower your chances of getting skin cancer - even in winte...

How skin affects self-confidence

CATEGORY: Research

Your skin is one of the first things other people notice about you, and it is probably one of the first things you notice about yourself when you look in the mirror every morning. Your skin health has...

5 places you might forget to apply sunscreen

CATEGORY: Prevention

You may be vigilant with your sunscreen use while spending time outdoors, but when it comes to full-body sun protection, there are some places people commonly forget about. Regular exposure to the sun...

How beauty affects happiness

CATEGORY: Research

Visible signs of ageing can be tough to handle. The media surrounds us with forever-young celebrities and glamorous models, reflecting a society that values beauty. We know that beauty is only skin de...

Why winter is an ideal time for a skin check

CATEGORY: Detection

Winter is the perfect time to rug up, find a cosy spot by the heater, and enjoy a tasty hot chocolate. But did you know that it's also a great time for a skin check?

Why should I see an Aesthetic Doctor rather than an injector nurse or a beauty therapist?


Many clinics and beauty salons offer aesthetic treatments at various prices and promising the best results. When researching the treatments provided at both salons and skin specialist clinics, they te...

"Skin cancer isn't a real cancer." Why skin cancer should be taken very seriously.

CATEGORY: Treatment, Detection

There is an alarming misconception among some Australians that skin cancer "isn't that bad" or that it is not a "real" cancer because it originates in the skin rather than the internal organs. This is...

What happens to our skin as we age?

CATEGORY: Research

From wrinkles to crows’ feet and sun spots, our skin changes a lot as we age. The main factors that contribute to how old we look include the shape of our face and the glow of our skin, as well as the...

6 skin cancer myths you shouldn't believe

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australians, with around 800,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Yet there are many misconceptions about skin cancer that many people continue to believe...

How acne affects your self esteem

CATEGORY: Research

Acne affects more than just your skin – it can impact your entire life and become a detriment to your confidence, self-esteem, happiness and general outlook on life. While a breakout may be a trivial ...

Do you believe these 4 sunscreen myths?

CATEGORY: Prevention

  Sunscreen should be a staple of your everyday skin care routine, but there are many misconceptions about its use that could be putting you at risk of sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. Here are f...

4 benefits of anti-wrinkle injections you might not know

CATEGORY: Treatment

You may be surprised to learn that anti-wrinkle injectables aka neurotoxins such as Botulinum toxin, Xeomin or Dysport have many more uses besides simply relaxing wrinkles. While the injectables have ...

7 skin conditions that could indicate a more serious problem

CATEGORY: Detection

Our skin acts as somewhat of a window into our body, often reflecting many internal conditions that would otherwise be invisible to us. A surprising number of medical conditions can manifest with comp...

6 tips to stay sun safe while camping

CATEGORY: Prevention

Whether it's during the school holidays or just for a weekend getaway, camping is a favourite for many Australians. It's a great opportunity to get off the grid, explore the outdoors, and enjoy life a...

Can your pets get skin cancer?


You may not have thought about your pets developing skin cancer, since animals are usually covered with hair, scales or feathers and protected from the sun. But skin tumours are not unique to humans; ...

A beginner's guide to skin care

CATEGORY: Prevention

Looking after your skin can feel like a daunting task. There is so much choice when it comes to skin care products, and it can be difficult to know where to start or if what you're doing is working. H...

How to protect your scalp from the sun

CATEGORY: Prevention

We know the sun protection habits we should adopt to keep our bodies safe from the sun: put on sunscreen before we go outdoors, seek shade whenever possible, and wear clothing that covers exposed skin...

Skin checks with male vs female doctors

CATEGORY: Detection

Have you been putting off getting a full-body skin cancer check because you would like to be examined by a doctor of a particular gender? Many people enquire about skin examinations at our skin cancer...

Sunscreen: Let's face the facts

CATEGORY: Prevention

We are frequently told that sunscreen is non-negotiable - that we should be applying it every morning as part of our daily skin care routine. After all, regular sunscreen use is a key factor in keepin...

Can your skin condition affect skin cancer detection and treatment?

CATEGORY: Treatment, Detection

Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, while many more battle skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and melasma. Although irritating, these conditions a...

What you need to know: outdoor workers and skin cancer

CATEGORY: Prevention

Did you know that outdoor workers have a significantly increased risk of developing sun-related illnesses including heatstroke and skin cancer? If you work outdoors, it's important to take steps every...

6 reasons to try Healite II phototherapy

CATEGORY: Treatment

Phototherapy is a multifunctional rejuvenation treatment used for a variety of skin concerns, offering you fresher and younger looking skin in a few short sessions. The latest innovation in photothera...

How to prevent skin cancer

CATEGORY: Prevention

As two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, it is very important to be vigilant about your skin health and take action today to ensure your skin is protected from ...

Everything you need to know about cryotherapy for skin cancer

CATEGORY: Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, there are various surgical and non-surgical treatments available. Your doctor will consider the most appropriate therapy for your circumstances, and may re...

Roaccutane: Are the side effects worth it?

CATEGORY: Treatment

Did you know that 85 per cent of Australians aged 15-24 are affected by acne? The skin condition can have a severe impact on self-esteem and wellbeing, and many people struggle to find an effective tr...

What is the UV Index and what does it mean?

CATEGORY: Prevention

Did you know that it is not the sun's heat or light that burns your skin, but rather the UV radiation? We are often encouraged to check the UV Index before going outside to avoid getting sunburnt, whi...

Are you likely to get skin cancer?


Skin cancer often shows no symptoms until an advanced stage, but has the potential to cause scarring, severe disfigurement, or even death. The disease can affect anyone and occur anywhere on the body ...

What is skin imaging and why is it important?

CATEGORY: Detection

What is skin imaging and why is it an important part of your regular skin check? We are often told to monitor our skin at home and be vigilant for new or changing moles that might indicate skin cancer...

Treating acne: what's right for you?

CATEGORY: Treatment

Did you know that more then 90 per cent of the world's population is affected by acne at some point in their life? One of the most common disorders treated by dermatologists and other medical provider...

Skin cancer of the eyes: what to look out for

CATEGORY: Prevention, Treatment, Detection

Did you know that your eyes are susceptible to skin cancer? Wearing sunglasses isn't just a fashion trend or an everyday comfort; looking directly into the sun or subjecting your eyes to glare from co...

Skin cancer can affect anyone at any time

CATEGORY: Prevention

Do you believe the common misconception that skin cancer only affects older people? You may be surprised to learn that melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15 to 39 years. The ...

Spot checking your friends and family

CATEGORY: Detection

We are often encouraged to monitor our own skin for new or changing moles which might indicate skin cancer, and many of us are proactive when it comes to sun safety and regular skin checks. But how of...

Guys, when was your last skin check?

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

When was the last time you, your father, brother, son or husband got a skin check? Australian men are urged to stop ignoring the risk of skin cancer, with research showing that most men underestimate ...

The simple test you should get this summer

CATEGORY: Detection

Do you have fair skin, a tendency to burn, green or blue eyes, blonde hair, or a family history of melanoma? You may be in the high risk group for skin cancer. You may also be one of the one in three ...

6 tips for staying healthy this holiday season

CATEGORY: Prevention

It's time to set our 2019 new year's resolutions but, with the Christmas season upon us, some of our health and fitness goals may begin to fall on our list of priorities. The summer season is often a ...

6 foods that boost your skin's sun protection

CATEGORY: Prevention

While shade, protective clothing and a good dose of sunscreen are always paramount when it comes to preventing sunburn, there are certain foods we can eat to help increase our skin's natural sun prote...

What is dermoscopy? Everything you need to know about professional skin checks.

CATEGORY: Detection

With more than 750,000 skin cancers being diagnosed in Australia every year, it is very important that we all undergo professional skin checks at least every 12 months. Skin cancers can develop rapidl...

Preparing for skin cancer surgery? Here’s what you need to know.

CATEGORY: Treatment

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer and need to undergo surgery? Skin cancer surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and requires minimal preparation, but there are some important steps you ...

National Skin Cancer Action Week 2018

CATEGORY: Prevention

This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week - a joint effort by Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and wholeheartedly supported by the National Skin Cancer Cent...

Melanoma: everything you need to know

CATEGORY: Prevention, Treatment, Detection, Risks

What is melanoma? Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that usually occurs on parts of the body that have been over-exposed to the sun's harmful UV radiation, but can also (rarely) form in areas that hav...

How can you prevent skin cancer?

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks

Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australians, with two in three of us developing the disease by the age of 70. But did you know that most skin cancers are actually preventable? Here is ...

What are the different types of skin cancer?


Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for 80 per cent of all cancers in Australia and attributing to around 2,000 deaths nation-wide each year? Melanoma can affec...

9 tips for getting your kids to wear sunscreen

CATEGORY: Prevention

While most adults understand the importance of using sunscreen and reapplying it regularly, it can be a struggle to put cream on children and keep it there. Proper sunscreen use is especially importan...

Australians don't use enough sunscreen, study finds

CATEGORY: Prevention, Research

Do you use enough sunscreen? Australians apply about half as much sunscreen as they should, according to a study which found that most people fail to put on enough cream to protect their skin against ...

Skin cancer biopsy: everything you need to know

CATEGORY: Treatment

If your skin cancer doctor finds a suspicious spot during your regular skin check, they may need to take a biopsy. That sounds a lot scarier than it actually is, so we have answered some common questi...

10 things to do these school holidays


The school holidays have arrived and it’s a great time for families to take a well-earned break and spend time together. The weather is warmer and the outdoors beckon but you might find it challenging...

How often should you get a skin check?

CATEGORY: Detection

Regularly monitoring your skin means you're more likely to find skin cancers at the earliest stage when they can be successfully treated. Early detection of melanoma gives you a 99 per cent likelihood...

Had skin cancer? Your family could be at risk too.


With over 750,000 skin cancers treated every year in Australia, it's highly likely that most of us will be impacted by the disease at some stage in our lives. Australia has one of the highest rates of...

Do you use sun protection doing these 8 everyday activities?

CATEGORY: Prevention

The weather is warming up as we come into spring, and now is a great time to get out of the house and start doing all the things that you put off during the colder months. You can remove those winter ...

5 ways you can be exposed to UV radiation


Did you know that around 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95 per cent of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation? While the most common source of UV radiation is the...

How is skin cancer treated?

CATEGORY: Treatment

More than 750,000 skin cancers are diagnosed in Australia every year, costing our health system over $500 million annually - the highest cost of all cancers. Most skin cancers can be successfully trea...

Why now is a great time for a skin check

CATEGORY: Detection

Winter is the perfect time to rug up, find a cosy spot by the heater, and enjoy a tasty hot chocolate. But did you know that it's also a great time for a skin check? In the cooler months, our skin is ...

Your self-check skin cancer guide

CATEGORY: Detection

Getting to know your skin gives you the best chance of finding and treating skin cancer early. Regular professional skin checks are a fact of life for all Australians, but most of us only see our doct...

7 Traits That Increase Your Skin Cancer Risk


Are you at risk of skin cancer? Anyone can develop skin cancer, which means all Australians need to be vigilant about using sun protection and get regular skin checks. Here are seven traits that put y...

New Melanoma Guidelines Will Save Lives

CATEGORY: Treatment, Detection, Research

Cancer Council Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia have launched updated clinical guidelines for the treatment of melanoma. Sweeping changes to national medical guidelines for diagnosing and tr...

Tattoos Can Mask Skin Cancer

CATEGORY: Detection

The Cancer Council has warned that tattoos can mask skin cancer and prevent an early diagnosis, and that some tattoo inks may actually contain cancer-causing substances. There is a common misconceptio...

What does melanoma look like?

CATEGORY: Detection

Unusual moles, lumps, blemishes or sores, or changes in the way your skin looks or feels, may be a sign of melanoma or another type of skin cancer. Melanoma claims 2,000 Australian lives every year, a...

What causes skin cancer?

CATEGORY: Prevention

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with over 750,000 skin tumours treated every year. In fact, two in three of us will develop the disease by the age of 70. So what ca...

MYTH: You can only get melanoma in sun-exposed areas of your body

CATEGORY: Prevention

"Every time you think you know all the rules, melanoma breaks the rules!" Sometimes, melanoma makes no sense. There is a common belief that melanoma and other skin cancers only develop in sun-exposed ...

Do we still need sunscreen in winter?

CATEGORY: Prevention

Australia has the highest national rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with the disease by the age of 70. Despite these statistics, less than 20 per cent of Austr...

MYTH: Having tanned or dark skin protects you from skin cancer


There is a dangerous misconception that having tanned, dark or "olive" skin protects you from developing skin cancer. As Skin Cancer Doctor Hamilton Ayres explains in the video below, this is a myth.

When is the best time to get a skin check?

CATEGORY: Detection

Did you know that we only find around half of our skin cancers by ourselves? Regular skin checks by a qualified medical professional are vital for the early detection of potentially deadly skin cancer...

Signs of Melanoma: the ABCDE Guide

CATEGORY: Detection

Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, so it's important to know what to look for when checking your own skin. 

What should I expect at my appointment?

CATEGORY: Treatment, Detection

Australia has one of the highest melanoma rates in the world. It's crucial for all Australians to get a regular skin check from a qualified medical professional at least once a year, or more often if ...

Self-Examining Your Skin for Melanoma

CATEGORY: Detection

How often should you check your skin for suspicious lesions, and what are the warning signs of a melanoma?

10 Tips for Healthy Skin

CATEGORY: Prevention

Looking after your skin can dramatically improve its appearance, protect it from skin cancer, and reduce the signs of ageing. We have compiled 10 tips for healthy, glowing skin.

Skin Cancer in Different Skin Types


Skin cancer doesn't just effect Caucasians - anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or skin colour.

Cancer on the Rise Among Young Australians


Three 15 to 24 year-olds are diagnosed with cancer in Australia every day on average, with melanoma the most commonly diagnosed cancer among this age group, according to a report by the Australian Ins...

Sunburn and sunbeds: Increasing your skin cancer risk


Did you know that using a solarium can double your risk of skin cancer? Over-exposure to the sun during your younger years can dramatically increase your chance of developing skin cancers such as mela...

Baby Boomers At High Risk of Melanoma


When Australia's Baby Boomer generation were youngsters, there were no advertising blitzes or PR campaigns warning against the deadly risks associated with sun exposure. Brown tans and sunburns were c...

What do suspicious lesions look like?

CATEGORY: Detection

If you look at your own skin and see something that stands out, you should be suspicious of melanoma. Causing nearly 2,000 deaths every year in Australia, melanomas are usually the "ugly duckling" on ...

Reduce Large Pores and Acne with Kleresca

CATEGORY: Treatment

Have you tried all the usual medications and treatments to manage acne, with little success? We offer a new alternative to treat acne and acne scars, using a gel activated by blue light over a period ...

Educating the Community About Skin Cancer

CATEGORY: Prevention, Detection

Living in the skin cancer capital of the world, it’s so important for Australians to be informed about skin cancer prevention and early detection. Two in three of us will get skin cancer by the age of...

How to safely get vitamin D

CATEGORY: Prevention

As we come into the cooler months, it becomes a little harder to soak up the sun. That usually means a drop in the level of vitamin D in your body. Should you worry if you’re not getting as much sunli...

Skin Cancer Myths Debunked: What's the chance that your moles are cancerous?

CATEGORY: Detection

We're often told to look out for changes in the shape, colour and size of our moles. But did you know that only one per cent of skin cancers originate from existing moles?

10 Places You Can Get Skin Cancer (That Aren’t on Your Skin)

CATEGORY: Detection

We are commonly told to monitor our bodies for any changes in the size, shape and colour of our moles. But did you know that not all skin cancers develop on your skin? Some can form in surprising plac...

Five Skin Cancer Myths You Shouldn't Believe

CATEGORY: Prevention

There is just a week left of summer, but the hot Australian sun continues long after February is over. We have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and this year thousands of Australi...

Extreme Sunburn Cases Triple

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks

A record number of people are presenting to the emergency room with sunburn-related injuries, especially in Victoria, where the number of extreme sunburn cases has tripled. Hospital emergency data rev...

A Quarter of Australians Photograph Their Moles

CATEGORY: Detection, Research

Almost a quarter of Australians photograph their skin to keep track of moles, with an estimated 100 million potentially life-saving images taken every year, according to recent research. The skin chec...

Apply Sunscreen Before Boarding A Plane

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks

Did you know that you should apply sunscreen before boarding a plane? Dermatologists advise that SPF30+ sunscreen should be worn every day to prevent the signs of ageing and skin cancer, and this is e...

Tips to Surviving Summer

CATEGORY: Prevention

With the Australian summer in full swing, what can you do to survive the heat and protect yourself from the sun? Keep hydrated Your body needs a lot of water every day and you lose a lot of fluids thr...

Australians Pick Smartphones Over Sunscreen


What is the first thing you pack when you are heading to the beach? A towel? Your bathing suit? Perhaps some sunscreen and a hat? A survey has found that beachgoers actually choose their smartphones a...

Protecting Kids From The Sun

CATEGORY: Prevention

Australia is a nation of beachgoers, surfers, swimmers and sport fanatics. We love the sun. But we also have the highest skin cancer rates in the world.

Can Tattoos, Tans and Body Hair Protect You From the Sun?

CATEGORY: Prevention

We know the age-old message “slip, slop, slap”, but are there other methods of protecting our skin from the sun? Do natural tans, thick hair, or tattoos work in the same way as sunscreen or protective...

Your Eyelids are the Most Skin Cancer-Prone Part of Your Face

CATEGORY: Prevention

Did you know that most skin cancers develop on the face, with the most cancer-prone area being the eyelids?

What happens when we get sunburnt?

CATEGORY: Prevention

Countless campaigns encourage Australians to stay out of the sun and adopt ‘sun safe’ practices. But why? What actually happens when we get sunburnt?

No Such Thing as a Healthy Tan


Did you know that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan”? That summer glow is actually a sign that your skin cells are in trauma and trying to protect themselves from more damage.

Childhood Sun Exposure Leading Cause of Skin Cancer

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks

The majority of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by childhood sun exposure, according to a new report led by the University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW.

Skin Cancer vs Vitamin D Deficiency: What's the right amount of sun?


In small doses, the sun can be good for you. Sunlight is a vital source of vitamin D, which is an essential component in bone health. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to bone disorders including ric...

National Skin Cancer Action Week 2017

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

19 - 25 November 2017

Common Hair, Nail & Skin Conditions


The skin is the largest external organ of the human body and its condition is often indicative of our inner health. People regularly visit their doctor seeking treatment for common skin, hair and nail...

Revolutionary Drug Trial Saves Aussie Mum

CATEGORY: Treatment, Research

Australian mum Julie Randall defeated advanced melanoma after taking part in a revolutionary drug trial in the US, 60 Minutes Australia reports.

Parents Slack On Sun Safety

CATEGORY: Prevention, Risks, Research

Parents have a ‘worryingly relaxed’ attitude to sun safety and neglect to protect their children from skin cancer, according to data from a UK survey.

Men Over 55 At High Risk Of Skin Cancer


Queensland men aged over 55 are at the highest risk of skin cancer, new research shows. For the first time, researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have measured the rates of non-mela...

Photodynamic Therapy: All You Need To Know

CATEGORY: Treatment

Photodynamic therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment for various skin conditions including superficial skin cancers, acne, rosacea and actinic keratosis (sun spots). A topical cream is applied to the...

Understanding Skin Cancer May Save Your Life

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

Do you know what skin cancer looks like? Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, effecting two in three Australians. A variety of factors influence your chances of getting the disease, and it’s...

Skin Cancer Trial Offers Patients Hope of Avoiding Chemotherapy

CATEGORY: Treatment, Research

Patients with squamous cell carcinoma may be spared the effects of chemotherapy, after a world-first trial found that the additional treatment does not increase cure rates for the common form of skin ...

SunSmart Ways to Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk

CATEGORY: Prevention

Skin cancer diagnoses are on the rise in Australia, despite the well-known SunSmart campaign which has been running for nearly four decades. Being SunSmart is about protecting your skin and eyes from ...

How to Self-Check for Skin Cancer

CATEGORY: Detection

How often do you check your skin for signs of skin cancer? Do you know what to look for? Melanoma is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with nearly 14,000 new cases in 2017. It is...

Know the Risks: Skin Cancer in Tasmania

CATEGORY: Detection, Risks

Tasmanians often assume that they are at lower risk of sunburn and skin cancer because the temperature is not as hot as the mainland states.

Addressing Men's Skincare Needs

CATEGORY: Prevention, Detection, Risks, Stories

Anecdotal evidence suggests that men’s skin health needs are vastly under-served, despite men over 50 being twice as likely as women to develop and die of melanoma. Men often visit the doctor about sk...

Understanding Sunscreen to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

CATEGORY: Prevention, Treatment, Detection, Risks

Using sunscreen regularly greatly reduces your risk of damaging sunburns and skin cancer, giving you healthier skin for longer. When used daily, sunscreen can also prevent wrinkles, freckles and other...

Outdoor Workers Have 3 Times Greater Skin Cancer Risk

CATEGORY: Prevention, Treatment, Risks

Daily exposure to heat and ultraviolet (UV) light puts outdoor workers at  very high risk of heat stress,  sunburn, skin damage, cancer and cataracts. According to Canadian researchers, outdoor worker...