Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with approximately two out of three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. In fact, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Skin cancers occurs when skin cells are damaged due to overexposure from UV radiation from the sun. There are 3 main types of skin cancer.
Other sun related changes to the skin include solar keratoses, which are also known as actinic keratosis or sunspots. The causes for solar keratoses include previous sunburn, excessive sun exposure, which can be from work or recreational activities, and a weakened immune system. Solar keratoses are considered pre-cancerous, with a possibility of these eventually transforming into squamous cell cancers.
Sometimes the only sign of a development of skin cancer is change in appearance of a mole or spot. If this has happened to you, or if you have sun damaged skin, make an appointment and our Skin Cancer Doctors can provide an assessment.