Australia has the highest prevalence of skin cancer in the world. Australian GPs manage skin cancer at a rate of 1.2/100 encounters, and excision of skin lesions is one of the most common procedures in general practice. There is an expectation that GP registrars should be able to comprehensively assess and manage skin cancers, including undertaking a range of related minor procedures. This teaching plan relates to pigmented skin lesions – there is another teaching plan for non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC).