Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
Most skin cancer can be successfully treated if it is found early. But without treatment, skin cancer can be deadly.
There are three main types of skin cancer. The most serious is melanoma.
Non-surgical treatments include cryotherapy, topical fluorouracil and imiquimod creams, as well as photodynamic therapy with methyl aminolevulinate hydrochloride.
Radiotherapy also provides an excellent alternative in many cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, particularly when surgery is relatively contraindicated. It is also useful as an adjunctive therapy to surgery in difficult or recurrent cases of skin cancer.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND:
- A lighter natural skin color.
- Family history of skin cancer.
- A personal history of skin cancer.
- Extensive exposure to the sun
- A history of indoor tanning.
- Skin that burns and/or freckles in the sun.
- Certain types of moles and/or presence of a large number of moles.
2 – Brown Lesion. Melanoma with characteristic asymmetry, border irregularity, colour variation, and large diameter.
3 – Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Red And Brown Lesion.
Photograph of a large, asymmetrical, red and brown lesion on the skin. Melanoma with characteristic asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, and large diameter.
4 – Skin Cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Ulcerated. A red, ulcerated lesion (basal cell carcinoma) on the skin of the face.
6 – Lentiginous Nevus. Flat uniformly pigmented macule, commonly occurring on the plantar foot.
7 – This is advanced malignant melanoma. At the left, is a plaque of early, radial growth phase superficial spreading melanoma. To the right, and contiguous with the plaque, is a pink (amelanotic) nodule of deeply invasive vertical growth phase melanoma. Melanomas diagnosed at this stage have a poor prognosis; many of these patients develop metastatic disease and die from their cancer. In the majority of instances, the plaque stage of melanoma is present for a sufficient period of time to permit its diagnosis and removal before it progresses to a more advanced,and more difficult to treat, stage.
8 – Metastatic Melanoma – Numerous pink/purple nodules and eroded plaques are present on the proximal thigh