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Can your pets get skin cancer?

CATEGORY: Risks

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?

CATEGORY: Risks

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...

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 ...

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?

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Stories

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.

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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?

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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

CATEGORY: Risks

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...