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Skin Cancer Clinic

Did you know that 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70?

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia which is why regular skin checks are essential.

What Is a skin cancer?

Skin cancer is an uncontrolled and unusual growth of abnormal cells in the skin. Skin cancer occurs when normal skin cells are damaged, for example, cumulative exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunburn.

About 98% of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to UV radiation of the sun. Approximately 2% of skin cancers (including melanoma) occur where there has been no sun exposure. Therefore, you must see your skin doctor if you are worried about a new or changing spot/mole even if it is in an area that has never been sunburnt (or never sees the sun).

There are three main types of skin cancer:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

  • Melanoma

Early detection is key

It may take months or years for the damage to develop into a skin cancer. The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.

It is also recommended to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection. Don’t delay, visit your GP today and get your skin checked.

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