Melanomas are curable if diagnosed early

Facts about skin cancer
In Australia

Australia and NZ have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Facts about skin cancer in Australia

Australia and NZ have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

2 out of every 3 Australians develop a skin cancer by the age of 70.

The 3 most common skin cancers are Basal Cell Cancer (BCC), Squamous Cell Cancer (SCC) and Melanoma.

Melanomas are curable if diagnosed early.

Melanoma can occur anywhere, even in non-exposed areas.

Melanoma is the 3rd commonest cancer in both men and women.

Melanoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in people aged 15-40.

Basal Cell Cancer

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Basal cell cancers are the most common form of skin cancer. They appear as a pink patch of skin different to surrounding skin, or as a pink lump. They may have a pearly edge.

They are found on sun exposed areas like the head, neck and upper body.

They tend to bleed easily and rarely metastasize.

Squamous Cell Cancer

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Squamous Cell Cancers are more aggressive than BCCs, but less common. They can appear as a red, scaly spot that may bleed and be tender to touch.

They can grow quite quickly as a painful lump. Often found on sun damaged skin, some develop from pre-cancerous sun spots.


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for melanomas

Melanomas are the most serious, but fortunately the least common skin cancer we see. If diagnosed late, or left untreated, they can spread.

They appear as a new spot, or existing freckle or mole that changes in size, shape or colour. Most have dark colours, but some may be pink or red. They can be flat or raised.

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