Skin cancer screening

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Screening and early detection of skin cancer

The Standing Committee on Screening (SCoS) endorses recommendations and key messages provided in Cancer Council Australia’s 2014 position statement. The Cancer Council Australia does not recommend mass or population-based screening for:

  • non-melanoma skin cancer, as the disease in the majority of cases is not life-threatening or serious enough to cause long term illness; or
  • melanoma, as research indicates that current diagnostic practices for melanoma are not optimal in terms of accuracy or cost-effectiveness and there is insufficient evidence that screening the general population offers reduced morbidity and mortality.

The below SCoS Statement was updated in August 2017 to ensure continued alignment with Cancer Council Australia’s 2014 statement.

PDF version: SCoS Skin cancer statement (PDF 69 KB)
Word version: SCoS Skin cancer statement (Word 26 KB)

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