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Skin Cancer

There are 3 main types of skin cancer.

Malignant Melanoma

Melanomas are the most dangerous forms of skin cancer and the most likely to cause death. They can appear from an exisiting spot or as a new spot on the skin. They can develop on any part of the body including areas that have not been exposed to the sun. Survival rates of melanoma are dependent on their thickness. Melanomas that are less than 1mm thick have a cure rate of over 90% whereas ones that are thicker than 4mm only have a cure rate less than 55%.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

SCC’s appear as red, thick, scaly spots that can bleed and become ulcerated over time. They grow over some months and are not as dangerous as melanomas but can spread to other parts of the body if not treated. They appear on skin areas such as the face and hands that have been exposed to the sun.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

BCC’s are the most common form of skin cancer. They usually are red, pale or pearly in colour and are raised or scaly in appearance. They are slow growing spots that can bleed and ulcerate over time.

All images are courtesy of the Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre