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Common Symptoms of Skin Cancer

At Bathurst Street Skin Cancer Clinic, we aim to educate patients, so they can identify skin cancers at the earliest stage.
Skin cancers that are identified and treated early are less likely to cause major harm

Here are some of the typical warning signs of skin cancer:

  • Spots on your skin that itch, bleed, change size, and change colour
  • Sores that do not seem to heal over time
  • Skin lesions that look unnaturally different from other spots on your skin
  • New skin mark/spot, particularly if you are over 40 years old

The Importance of Your Skin and the Threat of Cancer

Did you know that your body’s largest organ is your skin? It serves as a primary source of protection against injuries, infections, and sunlight. On top of that, your skin plays a critical role in regulating your body temperature.


Skin cancer is a condition where cells in the skin become malignant. These cells can multiply and grow locally, some skin cancers also have the risk of spreading around the body.


They tend to grow slowly, but can become large over time and invade locally. If identified early, treatment outcomes are improved.

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Examples of Skin Lesions

Melanoma

Although melanoma is one of the least common types of skin cancer, we sadly lose around 50 Tasmanians every year because of it—largely because Australia has the highest incidence of this type of skin cancer. If it is identified and treated early, the risk of negative health outcomes decreases.

Basal Cell Cancers (BCCs)

The opposite of melanoma, BCCs are the most common. In fact, the majority of skin cancers consist of BCCs. They tend to grow slowly, but can become large over time and invade locally. If identified early, treatment outcomes are improved

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Solar Keratoses

Also known as pre-cancerous skin lesions, solar keratoses are usually found on the body’s exposed areas (e.g. hands and face). They can be treated with a variety of methods, including cryotherapy, medicated cream treatments, and photodynamic therapy.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Invasive SCC has a legitimate risk of spreading across the body. It is the second most common skin cancer in Australia, and there are approximately 350 deaths caused by SCC every year. The risk is considerably lower if it is identified and treated early.

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