skin cancer

5 Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer 

Living in Perth, Western Australia, we tend to have a harsher UV rating compared to our neighbouring states. If you work outside or enjoy participating in outdoor sports, such as surfing, or if you’re a regular at your local run club, you are at a higher risk of sun damage and potentially developing skin cancers. If you are frequently exposed to these factors or are prone to freckling and moles, it’s crucial to be aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer.  

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ABCDEs of Melanoma Skin Cancer

As we spend more time out in the sun, we may notice new spots on our skin; this could be just a sign of age, or it could be a sign of sun damage. So, how do we differentiate between a normal mole and a potential skin cancer? Here are the ABCDEs of melanoma to help you identify suspicious moles and know when to book a consultation with a skin specialist: 


One of the first tell-tale signs is if the mole is asymmetrical. If each side of the mole looks different from the other, it could be a warning sign. 


Check if the mole’s border is smooth or jagged. Irregular or spreading borders might indicate skin cancer. 


Moles are typically one uniform colour. If your mole has multiple shades or looks uneven, it’s worth getting it checked by a skin specialist. 


Pay attention to the size of your moles. If they are larger than a pencil eraser or continue to grow, it might be time for a professional evaluation. 


Keep an eye on changes in your moles over time. If a mole is changing in size, shape, colour, or texture, it should be examined by a specialist. 

Other Common Indicators 

Beyond the ABCDEs 

There are other common indicators of skin cancer to watch for. If you notice a new mole that seems irregular, consider these additional signs: 

  • Texture: Does the spot feel lumpy? 
  • Appearance: Is the spot scaly or shiny? 
  • Surface: Has the mole started to itch, bleed, or crust over? 

If you notice any of these changes, it’s important to organise a check-up with a skin clinic. At Palmyra Skin Clinic, our dedicated team is here to provide you with thorough skin checks and professional advice tailored to your needs. 

Early detection of skin cancer can significantly improve treatment outcomes. By being aware and proactive, you can catch the signs early and seek the necessary care. At Palmyra Skin Clinic, we’re committed to providing the highest standard of care in a comfortable and supportive environment. Don’t wait until it’s too late—schedule your regular skin cancer screenings with us and take the first step towards ensuring your skin’s health and well-being.  

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