Skin Cancer

Did you know?

  • Skin cancers (including melanoma) are the most common cancers affecting both women and men in Western Australia.
  • In 2017, 874 Western Australian men and 593 Western Australian women were diagnosed with melanoma.
  • The majority (55-70%) of melanomas are detected by patients themselves, or their partners.

Common symptoms of skin cancer include:

  • A new spot or mole on your skin
  • A spot that is different from other spots on your skin
  • Any crusty or non-healing sores
  • Any spots, freckles or any moles changing in size (width), thickness (height), colour, or shape over a period of weeks to months.

Get to know your skin and what’s normal for you, particularly if you’re over 40 years of age. If you notice any of these symptoms or any other unusual changes tell your doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker. It doesn’t mean you’ve got skin cancer – often they turn out to be something less serious. But it’s important to get checked.

If it is skin cancer, the earlier it’s found, the greater the chance of successful treatment.

How to check your own skin

Visit the MyUV website to learn how to complete a simple 15 minute skin check at home.

Reduce your risk

While there are some risk factors we have no control over, like our skin type and our past skin exposure, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves from the sun. Visit the skin cancer page on the Cancer Council WA website for more information.