Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, with a latency (time between exposure and the cancer) of 20 years or more. Cumulative exposure can lead to skin cancer. Solariums are just as dangerous as the sun. Squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer and melanoma are the most often seen forms of skin cancer. (See these sections on this website.)

There are other skin cancers that are not sun related which are very malignant. Any new or changing lesion, lump or sore should be seen by an experienced doctor and a sample (biopsy) taken if necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Your general practitioner can do this for you and they should be your first point of contact.

For further information look at the Cancer Council Australia website: