SKIN CANCERS

Skin cancers are very common in Australia. Often, simple skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) can be safely treated in the office setting. Others may require more complex surgical management including appropriate reconstruction after cancer removal.

BCC and SCC make up the most common skin cancers in Australia. A range of treatments exist for these lesions from topical treatments to surgery depending on the size, location and type of cancer. In general, the vast majority can be cured when detected and treated in a timely manner.

We provide specialist care for skin lesions of all varieties, including benign, pre-malignant and malignant lesions. We work closely with local GP practices and dermatologists in providing continuing care ranging from diagnosis and treatment, through to ongoing surveillance and scar management.

MELANOMA  - Melanoma institute Australia

Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world and melanoma is often referred to as Australia's national cancer. Here are some other facts and statistics about melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

At a glance

  • Melanoma is the third most common form of cancer in Australian men and women (10% of all cancers)
  • More than 12,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in Australia every year  
  • Melanoma makes up only 2.3% of all skin cancers but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths.
  • The good news is that melanoma is often identifiable at an early stage where simple treatment can result in complete cure.

Melanoma is Australia’s national cancer

  • Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.
  • Melanoma rates have doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006.
  • Melanoma rates are still on the rise with an estimated 392 extra cases per year.
  • 1 in 17 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma before age 85.

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians

  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15–39 years old.
  • In this age group, melanoma makes up 20% of all cancer cases and is responsible for 8% of all cancer deaths.
  • In 20–34 year-olds, melanoma kills more young Australians than any other single cancer.

Melanoma can kill you

  • More than 1,500 Australians die from melanoma each year.
  • Melanoma makes up only 2.3% of all skin cancers but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths.
  • Melanoma was responsible for 3.4% of all cancer deaths in Australia in 2010.

Melanoma affects men more than women

  • Females risk to age 85 = 1 in 23.
  • Males risk to age 85 = 1 in 14.
  • Compared to women, men are more than 2.5 times as likely to die from melanoma.
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All of our doctors participate in the multidisciplinary skin cancer service through the Peninsula Health care network.