Skin cancer

Skin cancer

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin.

Cancer that only affects cells in the skin’s top layer is called superficial cancer. Cancer that spreads deeply into the skin or to other parts of the body is known as invasive cancer. 

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Skin cancer symptoms

Skin cancers don’t all look the same, but there are some signs to look out for:

  • a spot that is different from other spots on the skin
  • a spot, mole or freckle that has changed in size, shape or colour
  • a sore that doesn’t heal
  • a spot that bleeds. 

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Skin cancer statistics

  • Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
  • Two out of three people who spend their life in Australia will develop some form of skin cancer. 

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The aim of this information is to help you understand about skin cancer. We cannot advise you about the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you would like to ask your doctors or other health carers.