General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

As advised by Cancer Council Australia, adults should self-check their skin and moles every three months. Those at risk should get a professional check-up once a year. Learn how to correctly perform an at-home skin check here.
If you find something suspicious — get a doctor to take a look. Our Skin² doctors are skin-checking professionals who have additional training and education to properly diagnose, manage and treat skin cancer. Click here to find a clinic near you.

When checking your skin remember two things 1) SCAN and 2) ABCDE

The SCAN checking method: Look out for any spots which are sore, changing, abnormal and/or new.

Melanoma’s ABCDEs: Detect abnormal spots by asking the right questions. Is it Asymmetrical? Does it have a soft or hard Border? What Colour is it? How big is its Diameter and how Dark is it? Is it Evolving? Read here to learn about what the answers tell us about your spot.

If your family has a history with skin cancer you may be at risk. There is some evidence that family history (social and biological) plays a part in skin cancer formation.
If you have family members with skin cancer, we suggest checking your skin more frequently and consider going for regular professional check-ups.

Skin cancer is a threat to everyone. Those with dark skin have a lower chance of developing skin cancer due to additional melanin in the skin, which helps filter out UV light, but this does not mean they are immune.

The lowered risk of skin cancer in people of colour means there can be a lack of skin cancer awareness in those groups or a perceived immunity to skin cancer.

This is why it’s important that everyone, of all races (and all ages), check their skin regularly for signs of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is dramatically more common with people who have fair skin. Those who are fair and freckled (with red hair) are especially at risk, as they carry the variant MC1R which increases the risk of skin cancer.