Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. But with early detection, it is highly treatable. Knowing how to spot potential signs of skin cancer or suspicious lesions can save lives.

About 70% of melanomas develop as a new mole – hence the name skin cancer, not mole cancer. We say new “mole”, even when it is actually a cancer because when a melanoma is first visible on the skin it can resemble a mole in shape and colour, increasing its risk of being missed.

What to Look For:

If a new “mole” is a melanoma is always grows. It will grow bigger on the skin and the bigger it gets the more different it will look.

Skin cancers don’t all look the same, but there are some signs to look out for, including:

ABCDE melanoma detection guide

Asymmetry: One half of the spot doesn’t match the other half

Border: The edges are irregular, blurred, or jagged

Colour: The colour is uneven, with shades of black, brown, or patches of red, white, or blue

Diameter: The spot is larger than 6mm in diameter, although melanomas can be smaller

Evolving: Any change in size, shape, colour, or elevation over time

Types of Skin Cancer:


Nodular melanoma:

Basal cell carcinoma:

Squamous cell carcinoma:

Skin Checks at Ministry of Skin:

If you notice any of the above signs or changes on your skin, it’s crucial to book in for evaluation. Early detection and treatment significantly increase the chances of successful outcomes.

Skin checks can be booked without a referral with our GP who specialises in skin cancer checks, skin cancer treatments and lesion removals.

It only takes up 20 minutes of your day.

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