The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.
It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.
It's important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.
Develop a regular habit of checking and knowing your skin for new spots and changes to existing freckles or moles, or "sores" that do not heal. If you do have any concerns talk to your doctor. View the 3 most common type of skin cancers here.
For more detailed information on the early detection of skin cancer please view our online information sheet titled Finding Skin Cancer Early.