Skin cancer is a type of cancer that arises in skin cells that have been harmed by UV radiation from the sun or other artificial sources, causing your skin cells to grow uncontrollably and form tumours in the skin. Sun damage from prolonged sun exposure, such as sunburns and tanning, can lead to skin cancer.
With more than 13,000 Australians diagnosed with melanomas each year and two in three of them having been diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, it is the most prevalent type of cancer in our country. In most cases, skin cancer goes unnoticed, but you might detect changes in some parts of your skin.
Based on where the cancer cells begin to grow, there are three primary forms of skin cancer:
It is vital to be aware of your body and record any noticeable skin changes, regardless of whether they fit into one of the specific symptom lists for each form of skin cancer. Each type of skin cancer has distinct symptoms to look out for.
You may be able to tell if an abnormal growth on your skin is melanoma using the ABCDE method: