Australia, with New Zealand, has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
2 out of 3 Australians will develop a skin cancer before the age of 75. Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer in Australia, and 4 out of 5 new cancer cases are skin cancers.
Fortunately, most skin cancers are rarely deadly, but melanoma is the third most common life-threatening cancer overall (after lung cancer and bowel cancer).
Sun exposure is the main cause of skin cancers, where getting sunburnt increases the risk of developing melanoma, while long term excessive sun exposure increases the risk of other skin cancers such as BCCs and SCCs
Your risk of skin cancer is related to your skin type, age, family history and previous skin cancers.
Check your risk at : scanyourskin.org