Here in Western Australia, we’re blessed with some of the most beautiful weather in the world. But spending time in the sunshine without the proper protection can be dangerous to our health. So we’ve got some handy info on how you can be SunSmart at the beach.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin, usually caused by skin cell damage. Skin cancer can either affect only the skin’s top layer or can spread deeply into the skin and to other parts of the body.
Types of skin cancer
There are three main types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma – is the most common form of skin cancer. It can grow deep into the skin and damage nearby tissue, making it more difficult to treat.
- Squamous cell carcinoma – makes up on third of all skin cancers and has the potential to spread to other parts of the body.
- Melanoma – is the least common type of skin cancer, but it is the most serious. Left untreated, melanoma can spread deeper into the skin where cancer cells can escape and be carried in lymph vessels or blood vessels to other parts of the body.