Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a common cancer in Australia which is caused by damage to the skin, usually from too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Last modified: December 22, 2021

Quick facts about skin cancerQuick facts

  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Australia
  • The rate of skin cancer in Australia is one of the highest in the world
  • Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer

Types of skin cancerTypes of skin cancer

There are two main types of skin cancer, depending on which type of cell the cancer starts in:

Treatment for skin cancer

There are many different types of treatment for skin cancer. Your treatment will depend on you and your cancer.

Skin cancer screening at Icon Cancer Centre

Icon Cancer Centre is proud to offer comprehensive skin cancer screening at select centres in NSW and VIC. For more information and to speak with our compassionate team, make an enquiry.

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For a full list of references, click here.
  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2021). Cancer data in Australia. Retrieved on 22 December 2021 from
  2. Cancer Council. (2020). Skin cancer. Retrieved on 24 February 2022 from
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