Skin cancer prevention
Skin cancer can impact your life in may ways, but there are several organisations that can provide support. Find out more below.
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Skin cancer treatments such as surgery, curettage and electrodessication, and cryotherapy often leave a scar. In most cases, your doctor will do everything they can to make the scar less noticeable. Most scars will fade with time.
You may worry about how the scar looks, especially if it’s on your face. Various cosmetics are available to help cover scarring. Your hairstyle or clothing might also cover the scar. You may want to talk to a counsellor, friend or family member about how you are feeling after any changes to your appearance.
Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is a national program that helps people manage the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment.
Workshops are run for men, women and teenagers. For information about services in your area, visit Look Good Feel Better or call 1800 650 960.
Skin cancer may cause financial difficulties, particularly for people who have to travel for treatment.
Financial assistance may help pay for prescription medicines and transport costs to medical appointments. Services may be different in each state and territory. For information about services in your local area and whether you are eligible to receive them, call Cancer Council 13 11 20, or if you are treated in hospital, ask the social worker.
For more on this, see Cancer and your finances.
You can find many useful resources online, but not all websites are reliable. Click or tap on the links below to visit websites with good sources of support and information.
- Cancer Council Australia
- Cancer Australia
- Cancer Council Online Community
- Healthdirect Australia
- The Australasian College of Dermatologists
- About UV and sun protection times (Bureau of Meteorology)
- My UV (SunSmart Cancer Council WA)
- Melanoma Institute of Australia
- Basal and squamous cell carcinoma – what to expect (Optimal care pathway)
- American Cancer Society
- Cancer Research UK
- Macmillan Cancer Support (UK)
- National Cancer Institute (US)
- Skin Cancer Foundation (US)
Prof Diona Damian, Dermatologist, The University of Sydney at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Associate, Melanoma Institute of Australia, NSW; Dr Annie Ho, Radiation Oncologist, Genesis Care, Macquarie University, St Vincent’s and Mater Hospitals, NSW; Rebecca Johnson, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Melanoma Institute of Australia, NSW; Shannon Jones, SunSmart Health Professionals Coordinator, Cancer Council Victoria; Liz King, Skin Cancer Prevention Manager, Cancer Council NSW; Roslyn McCulloch, Consumer; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; Paige Preston, Policy Advisor, Cancer Prevention, Health and Wellbeing, Cancer Council Queensland; Dr Michael Wagels, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD.
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