New research shows an increasing amount of skin cancer is being misdiagnosed.

Queensland’s Cancer Council is urging people to be more aware of any abnormalities on their skin and to seek medical advice.

Natalie Cameron reports.


Research from the Australasian Journal of Dermatology reveals that some types of melanoma are being missed by GPs and dermatologists.

The study shows that less common melanomas present differently to other cancers.

David Francis, Dermatologist: “A melanoma usually has pigment but sometimes, some types of melanoma don’t have pigment.”

While doctors removed one of those from Ruth Armes’ leg, more than half of Australia’s fatal melanoma cases aren’t diagnosed early enough.

Ruth Armes, Melanoma sufferer: “When I was told I had a form of cancer that could potentially kill me, it was scary.”

The Cancer Council urges that people should take immediate action.

Katie Clift, Cancer Council Qld: “We’re encouraging Queenslanders to be vigilant, to make sure they check their skin, and to see their GP regularly.”

Changes to look for in skin include new moles, moles that increase in size and spots that look different from others.

Queenslanders are urged to go see their GP for a skin check and if necessary, get a referral to a dermatologist.

Natalie Cameron, QUT News.