Be warned — you may have more potential skin cancers than you think.
- Cancer Council Australia announced changes to its melanoma diagnosis guidelines for doctors
- Asked to add the EFG assessment — looking at elevation, firmness and growth
- About 30 Australians are diagnosed with the skin cancer every day
Until now, public health messages about skin cancer haven’t warned about paler, less obvious lesions.
“Typically, a lot of people assume, wrongly, that melanomas are associated with dark pigmented moles,” said Chris McMillan, the CEO of Cancer Council Queensland.
But research has shown that risks missing a significant number of potential lethal melanomas.
“Realistically, we find that 20 per cent of melanomas are pale-coloured lesions,” Mr McMillan said.