What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is caused when skin cells are damaged, commonly from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Is skin cancer is common?
- Roughly two in three Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer by the age of 70.
- Melanoma is the third most common type of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) in Australia.
The importance of early detection and regular skin checks
- Skin cancers are easier managed and most often cured when they are detected early.
- In 2019, the 5-year survival rate for an early diagnosed melanoma (Stage 1) was almost 100%, but this drops to 26% if the melanoma was advanced (Stage 4) at the time of diagnosis (1).
This recent Deborah Hutton interview with A Current Affair highlights the importance of regular skin checks, especially for at risk individuals.