To determine the stage of melanoma the lesion (the area of the skin being reviewed) needs to be removed along with some healthy tissue and then examined. The lesion will be measured using a microscope in millimetres and some other factors will be considered which are highlighted below. The classification in this blog is a way of describing the stage of development and the risk profile of the melanoma skin cancer.
In this blog we describe what is meant by non melanoma skin cancer. Non melanoma skin cancer excludes melanoma but includes the most common form of skin cancers which are basal cell carcinoma (or BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). We also explain what causes BCC and SCC and what they may appear like on the skin.
This blog explains what a melanoma is, how and why it develops and the potential consequences of having a melanoma skin cancer. The primary cause of melanoma is cumulative exposure to the sun, which makes skin cancer one of the most preventable forms of cancer with the right sun safe behaviour.
This blog explains what basal cell carcinoma is, how it may appear on the skin and what the consequences of having a BCC can be. Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequent occurrence of non-melanoma skin cancer, accounting for around 70% of all cases.
Cigarette packets are emblazoned with health warnings from the Australian Government and yet more people are diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer every year as a result of sun exposure than they are lung cancer as a result of smoking. Awareness of skin cancer and the risks associated with sunbathing are increasing.
This blog describes a typical skin cancer check. How long the skin check takes, how the skin check is conducted and what happens next should a suspicious mole be discovered. In the event that a potential skin cancer is identified it is likely to be removed by the doctor for further examination.