Skin cancer

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged and grow uncontrollably.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.

The good news is that using sun protection will cut your risk of skin cancer at any age, no matter if you are 6, 16 or 60 years old. And most skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.

About skin cancer

There are three main types of skin cancer. The most serious is melanoma.

Skin cancer facts & stats

Facts, stats and links to position statements on skin cancer and sun protection.

Risk factors for skin cancer

Factors that put people at a higher risk of skin cancer.

Checking for skin cancer

The best way to ensure skin cancer is found early is to get to know your skin and what’s normal for you.

Diagnosis & treatment of skin cancer

Most skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.

Real stories

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. Watch our stories from people just like you.

Health professionals

Skin cancer education, resources and support.

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