Important information

Most basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) can be treated in primary care by appropriately trained clinicians. Patients with suspected melanomas or complex BCCs and SCCs require referral to a dermatologist who is a member of a relevant multidisciplinary team.

All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.


What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the skin. There are three main types of skin cancer. These are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.

For more information on melanoma, see the melanoma page.

Graphic of a human body highlighting the skin cells


What tests are needed?

Common tests used to diagnose skin cancer include:

  • physical examination
  • biopsy.


What treatment options are there?

Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. Other treatments include:

  • chemotherapy, including topical chemotherapy
  • cryotherapy
  • radiotherapy.

If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have a part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.


Last updated: 08 October 2018