Image Cancer Council. Sun Spot

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Over 80% of all cancers in humans are skin cancers.  Most (but not all) skin cancer is caused by radiation from the sun.

Australia has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the world.

Most of us (over 66%) will have skin cancer by the age of 70. The early these are diagnosed and treated, the more likely we can achieve a cure.


The main types of skin cancer are:

BCC (Basal cell carcinoma)

SCC (Squamous cell carcinoma)



What does a skin cancer look like?

Unfortunately skin cancer is so complex it is impossible to say in a few words

Any spot that is different to your regular spots should be reviewed by a doctor with special skills and experience in skin cancer

The most common concerning features patient describe to me

  •         Changing spots

  •         Itching or bleeding spots

  •         Sores or ulcers that don’t heal

One of the most common misdiagnosed skin cancers I find are red itchy spots that are misdiagnosed (by skin specialists as well as GPs) as dermatitis or a simple skin rash.

Any skin rash that stays in one spot and does not resolve with treatment (over weeks) should be considered as possible skin cancer until proven otherwise. 

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