Melanoma is another common type of skin cancer, but is one of the most serious types of skin cancer.
More than 13,000 cases of melanoma are detected in Australia every year, and more than 1000 Australians die from melanoma each year.
Melanomas are formed from the pigment producing cells of the skin.
They can be found anywhere on the skin, not just in areas of sun exposure.
This includes in the scalp, the soles of the feet and even under finger and toenails.
Generally, they look dark and have an unusual shape or colour, but they can also be pink or grey.
Melanomas have a high chance of spreading to other organs in the body, which can be life-threatening.
Early detection is the most important thing in treating melanomas, which is why it’s important to have regular skin checks with a qualified professional.
Regular skins checks are a must, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun burns, used a tanning bed or solarium in the past, or if you have a relative who has had a melanoma.