Health Diary: National Skin Cancer Action Week
More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer every year. Of the 3 types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most dangerous. If treated early it's curable, so it's important to keep an eye on suspicious marks or blemishes on your skin. Find out how you can check your skin to detect any changes sooner rather than later.
Dr Norman Swan talks us through the ABCDE system – recommended by the Cancer Council – of analysing a suspicious spot.
Last Reviewed: 21/11/2018
Skin cancer treatment options
The treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer has a high success rate, provided it is detected at an early stage. Read about the different treatment options.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Most melanomas arise as a new spot on previously normal skin, rather than from a pre-existing mole.
Skin cancer: what is it?
There are 3 main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
Video: The ABCDE of skin cancer
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world - 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Get sun smart and check your body regularly for signs of skin cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women. The good news is that with advances in treatment and diagnosis, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.