The arrival of December in Australia is synonymous with beach life and all things outdoors. Australia is recognized on a global level as having the highest incidence of skin cancer, accounting for 80% of all diagnosed cancers. Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia as reported by Cancer Council Australia. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated the higher your chances are of avoiding surgery or melanomas or other skin cancers. Before you and your family head off on your annual trek to the great outdoors ensure you have your skin checked. If you have parents or family friends who have spent some time in the sun during their youth, prompt them with a friendly reminder to have their skin checked.