Introduction - Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is a major public health concern in Australia. Our country has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Australia experiences high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is a major risk factor for skin cancer.
There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common types of skin cancer and are generally less dangerous than melanoma, which is a more aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer.
Australia has launched a comprehensive national skin cancer prevention campaign, which includes public education programs, promotion of sun protective behaviors, and the development of guidelines for early detection and management of skin cancer.
The use of sun protection measures such as hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen is highly recommended to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Regular skin self-examinations and professional skin checks are also important for early detection and management of skin cancer.
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Skin cancer is a significant health concern in Australia, and particularly in Queensland, due to the high levels of UV radiation exposure. 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, and over 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body and can affect anyone, regardless of age or skin type.
Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with a high incidence of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Regular skin checks are important for early detection and management of skin cancer, as it often does not present with symptoms until it is at an advanced stage. Annual skin checks are encouraged for most people, and more frequent checks may be recommended for those at higher risk of developing skin cancer. It is important to protect your skin from the sun, such as using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak UV times.