Are youat risk?

Because of Australia’s climate, we have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.

According to the Cancer Council Australia, 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they're 70. All Australians, regardless of skin colour, who spend time in the sun are at risk of skin cancer.

Risk factors include:

  • failing to use sun protection, or inadequate sun protection (according to the Cancer Council, sunburn causes 95% of melanomas)
  • working or spending a lot of time in the sun
  • using solariums, sunlamps or tanning beds
  • a family history of skin cancer
  • spots or moles
  • previous radiation exposure
  • immunosupression due to medication.

The importance of prevention can’t be underestimated, so Slip (on a shirt), Slop (on sunscreen) and Slap (on a hat). The Cancer Council Australia has information about how to protect yourself.

Early detection

Early detection is a key element in successfully treating skin cancer. As skin tumours are visible, the Cancer Council Australia recommends you check your skin regularly. Ask a family member or friend to check areas of your body which are hard for you to see, such as your back. 

Seek immediate help for any new skin spots or changes to existing spots or moles. Your doctor may perform a skin biopsy on areas of concern.

Choosing a specialist

How to find a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specialises in your procedure.


Information is provided by HCF in good faith for the convenience of members. It is not an endorsement or recommendation of any form of treatment nor is it a substitute for medical advice, and you should rely on the advice of your treating doctors in relation to all matters concerning your health. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however HCF takes no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage or other consequences of the use of this information.