Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Australia, with over 2,000 deaths each year. However, with early detection, the survival rate for skin cancer is very high. In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of skin cancer and what patients need to know about them.
There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. Here’s what you need to know about each of them:
BCC is the most common type of skin cancer, accounting for around 70% of all cases. It usually develops in areas that have been exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and arms. BCCs often appear as a small, shiny, pink or red lump that may bleed or develop a scab. While BCCs rarely spread to other parts of the body, they can cause significant damage if left untreated.
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer, accounting for around 20% of all cases. It usually develops in areas that have been exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and arms. SCCs often appear as a scaly, red or pink patch that may bleed or develop a crust. While SCCs are less likely to spread than melanoma, they can still cause significant damage if left untreated.
Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, but it is the most dangerous. It can develop anywhere on the body, including areas that have not been exposed to the sun. Melanomas often appear as a new or changing mole, with irregular borders and multiple colours. They may also itch, bleed or develop a scab. If left untreated, melanoma can spread quickly to other parts of the body, making early detection and treatment essential.
If you notice any changes in your skin, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. At Southport Skin Cancer Centre, we offer comprehensive skin cancer screenings, which can help detect skin cancer in its early stages. We also offer a range of treatment options for skin cancer patients, including surgical and non-surgical options.
To protect your skin from skin cancer, it’s important to take steps to reduce your exposure to the sun. This includes wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and hats, and applying sunscreen with a high SPF regularly. You should also avoid tanning beds, which can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is a serious health concern in Australia, but with early detection and treatment, it can be effectively managed. Understanding the different types of skin cancer and taking steps to protect your skin can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. If you have any concerns about your skin, make an appointment with Southport Skin Cancer Centre today by calling us on 07 5531 3205 or book online.
For more information about our skin cancer management services, visit our Skin Cancer Clinic page.
The Importance of Skin Checks: https://southportdoctors.com.au/blog/the-importance-of-skin-checks/
Melanoma: Why Early Detection is So Important: https://southportdoctors.com.au/blog/melanoma-why-early-detection-is-so-important/
How Do I Check Myself for Skin Cancers?: https://southportdoctors.com.au/blog/how-do-i-check-myself-for-skin-cancers/