Skin cancer resources for health professionals

Cancer Council recommends that all Australians get to know their own skin, including skin not normally exposed to the sun, and speak to a doctor if they notice any change in shape, colour or size of a spot, or the development of a new spot. It has been consistently shown that doctors have a strong influence over skin self-examination practices.

  • Can you spot skin cancer? is available as a two-sided tear-off pad (PDF 182KB) or poster (PDF 643KB) featuring images and brief descriptions of skin cancer, potential warning signs and harmless spots.
  • Melanoma and other skin cancers: a guide for medical practitioners
    This guide was developed specifically for general practitioners and includes information on risk factors for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, diagnosis, biopsy, treatment options, recommendations for follow-up and referral information for specialised diagnostic and treatment services in NSW. 

    Download Melanoma and other skin cancers (PDF 964KB)

You can download the GP Guide and order hard copies of other Cancer Council resources free of charge.

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NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2016 – Working together to lessen the impact of skin cancer in NSW

The NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy provides a comprehensive plan to further reduce the burden of skin cancer on the lives of people in NSW. Supported by collaborative partnerships, the strategy will guide and coordinate skin cancer prevention initiatives across NSW identifying specific priority groups and settings to maximise impact.

Download NSW government Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2016 (PDF 2MB)


Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of melanoma are undergoing a staged revision and updating process as part of Cancer Council Australia’s WIKI platform. As the guidelines are completed and ratified by the Working Party, they will be updated here.