Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and Australia has the highest rates of melanoma in the world. It has the potential to grow and spread, invade the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain or even bone. Early detection, diagnosis and surgery are the most important factors in achieving a positive result when treating a melanoma.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a type of skin cancer. Caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, it appears most commonly on areas of the body with the greatest sun exposure. BCCs are normally painless and slow to develop. They can look like ulcers or open sores or scars, with a pale waxy appearance being quite common. BCCs spread to other areas extremely rarely but if left to grow they can be extremely disfiguring when finally removed.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is another more aggressive skin cancer. While SCCs most often occur on sun-exposed areas, they can also occur in any part of the body where squamous cells are present such as the inside of the mouth or even genitalia. They often look like crusty red sores or warts and they may bleed. They can spread to lymph nodes and become extremely difficult to treat, so early intervention is crucial to a cure.