Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells caused by cell damage. The main factor that causes skin cells to become cancer cells is exposure to UV radiation from the sun or artificial sources. The three main types of skin cancer are: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Although skin cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in Australia, it is largely preventable.
Having partnered with the Australasian College of Dermatologists on a number of awareness campaigns around skin cancer and the importance of regular skin checks, VIVA! encourages everyone to stay sun safe this summer and know your risk.
Statistics on skin cancer in Australia: