Skin Cancer

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and with Australia having the highest incidence of skin cancers in the world, we highly recommend having routine skin checks here at Farrell Street Family Practice.

When our skin cells are damaged, for example from UV radiation, skin cancer can occur in one of three main types:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma

It is estimated that two out of three Australian’s will be diagnosed with a type of skin cancer before they turn 70.

Making sure that you check your skin regularly and booking in for skin check’s with one of our doctors is key for diagnosis. If a skin cancer is suspected, then a biopsy can be performed or a referral can be sent to a specialist.

Treatment of skin cancer can be completed by our doctors through various methods depending on a range of factors. While surgical removal is most common, cryotherapy, curettage and cautery are also used to remove skin cancer.


This simple guide has been developed by doctors and researchers so you can quickly calculate your
skin cancer risk and recognise the early signs of skin cancer. You don’t need any special skills – simply answer
ten easy questions and take a few minutes to SCAN your skin.

View the PDF version here Scan your skin