Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. At least two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
Over 1,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer every day and over 1,830 Australians die from skin cancer each year. In Victoria alone, 401 people die from skin cancer (316 from melanoma and 85 from non melanoma skin cancer) each year – that is many more than Victoria’s annual road toll.
The major cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and other artificial sources, such as solariums .
Main types of skin cancer :
The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable form of cancer in Australia. Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.