Skin Cancer

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Skin cancer is grouped into two groups: Melanoma and Non-melanoma skins cancers.

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians. In 2015, 13,694 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

You should become familiar with the look of your skin, and ensure you notice any changes that could mean a skin cancer. Look for:

  • any crusty, non-healing sores
  • small lumps that are red, pale or pearly in colour
  • new spots, freckles or any moles changing in colour, thickness or shape over a period of weeks to months.

For more information, got to:

Cancer Council Australia

Melanoma Institute Australia

Melanoma Patients Australia 

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