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Skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia

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What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer happens when skin cells change into abnormal cells and grow at an uncontrolled rate.

There are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer and the number of cases for both is increasing worldwide.

What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer in the cells that produce pigment – called melanocytes.

What are non-melanoma skin cancers?

Non-melanoma skin cancers develop among cells in the upper layers of the skin. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

Non-melanoma skin cancer can occur anywhere on the skin, though it’s most commonly found on parts of the body that have experienced long-term sun exposure – like the head, face, neck, arms, legs and back of the hands. Learn more about radiation therapy treatment options for non-melanoma skin cancer at GenesisCare.

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What are basal cell carcinomas?

Basal cell carcinomas usually stay in one place. However, they can sometimes spread to other nearby areas. Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread to lymph nodes or other sites in the body.

What are squamous cell carcinomas?

Squamous cell carcinomas usually stay in one place. However, they can sometimes spread to other nearby areas. Some high-risk squamous cell carcinomas have the potential to spread to lymph nodes or distant sites in the body.

Meet Brett

The New Face of Radiation Therapy™
Spending a lifetime enjoying the harsh Australian sun took a toll on Brett’s skin. Brett’s scalp and face were treated with radiation therapy and are now free from non-melanoma skin cancer.
Watch Brett’s story here

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Types of skin cancer

  1. Malignant melanoma

    Malignant melanoma is skin cancer. It develops from cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes make melanin, which gives skin its colour. Melanin also protects us from ultraviolet (UV) radiation which causes sunburn.

  2. Non-malignant melanoma

    There are two main types of skin cancer – non-malignant melanoma and melanoma – along with some much rarer types. Non-malignant melanoma is more common, and it’s much less likely to spread.

Ways we treat skin cancer

We use the latest treatment techniques to treat skin cancer without the use of surgery or general anaesthetic. Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.

Find out how we treat non-melanoma skin cancer with radiation therapy.

Rod's battle with skin cancer

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North Shore - Now open

North Shore Health Hub, Tower A, Level 1, 7 Westbourne Street, St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia

(02) 8037 4100

Hollywood (Oncology)

Hollywood Consulting Centre, Ground Floor, Unit 1 91 Monash Avenue Nedlands WA 6009

(08) 9286 8800

Kingswood (Oncology)

38 Somerset St, Kingswood NSW 2747, Australia

(02) 4726 8700

Shepparton (Oncology)

124 Corio St, Shepparton VIC 3630, Australia

(03) 5825 9700

Concord (Oncology)

Cnr Currawang St, 375A-377 Concord Road Concord West NSW 2138

(02) 8399 9600

Nambour (Oncology)

10 Mapleton - Nambour Road, Nambour QLD, Australia

(07) 5374 8100

Mandurah (Oncology)

Unit 3/35 Minilya Parkway, Greenfields WA 6210

(08) 9559 2900

Cabrini (Gandel Wing)

Cabrini Hospital Malvern, Level B4, Gandel Wing, 183 Wattletree Road, Malvern, VIC 3144

(03) 9597 6900

Buderim (Oncology)

10 King Street, Buderim QLD 4556, Australia

(07) 5374 8100

Pindara (Oncology)

Pindara Specialist Suites Suite 4.07, Level 4, 29 Carrara Street, Benowa QLD 4214

Kurralta Park (Oncology)

Suite 1, Tennyson Centre, 520 South Road, Kurralta Park, SA 5037

(08) 8375 3200

Calvary Central Districts Hospital (Oncology)

Calvary Central Districts Hospital, Jarvis Road, Elizabeth Vale SA 5112, Australia

(08) 7285 6400

Flinders Private Hospital (Oncology)

Flinders Private Hospital, Level 2, 1 Flinders Drive, Bedford Park, SA 5042

(08) 8179 5500

St Andrew's Hospital (Oncology)

St Andrew's Hospital, 352 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

(08) 8228 6700

Rockhampton (Oncology)

Rockhampton Hospital, Lower Ground Floor, Canning Street, Rockhampton, QLD, 4700

(07) 4932 5000

St Stephen's Hospital (Oncology)

1 Medical Pl, Urraween QLD 4655, Australia

(07) 4120 6600

Bundaberg (Oncology)

313 Bourbong St, Bundaberg West QLD 4670, Australia

(07) 4154 9900

Chermside (Oncology)

Chermside Medical Complex, Lower Ground Floor, 956 Gympie Road, Chermside Brisbane, QLD, 4032

(07) 3917 4400

Wesley Medical Centre (Oncology)

The Wesley Medical Centre, 1/40 Chasely St Auchenflower, Brisbane, QLD, 4066

(07) 3377 4200

St Vincent's Melbourne (Oncology)

St Vincent's Hospital, Basement Level, Building C, 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065

(03) 9427 6500

Ringwood (Oncology)

Ringwood Private Hospital, 36 Mount Dandenong Road, Ringwood East VIC 3135

(03) 8870 3300

Frankston (Oncology)

Frankston Private Hospital, 5 Susono Way, Frankston VIC, 3199

(03) 9781 8200

Footscray (Oncology)

Western Private Hospital, 1 Marion Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

(03) 9319 3200

Epping Medical Centre (Oncology)

Epping Medical Centre, Ground Floor, 230 Cooper Street, Epping, VIC, 3076

(03) 9409 8000

Berwick (Oncology)

St John Of God Berwick Specialist Centre, 55 Kangan Drive, Berwick VIC 3806, Australia

(03) 8794 2700

Albury Wodonga (Oncology)

Regional Cancer Centre, Corner of Borella Road and East Street, East Albury, VIC, 2640

(02) 6043 7800

Hurstville (Oncology)

Waratah Private Hospital, Level 6, 31 Dora Street, Hurstville, NSW, 2220

(02) 8568 7600

Bunbury (Oncology)

South West Health Campus, Corner of Bussell Hwy & Roberston Drive, Bunbury, WA 6230

(08) 9726 6400

Shenton House - Joondalup (Oncology)

Shenton House, Level 3, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027

(08) 9400 6213

Newcastle (Oncology)

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, 36 Pacific Highway, Gateshead, NSW, 2290

(02) 4918 4500

Tugun (Oncology)

John Flynn Private Hospital, 42 Inland Drive, Tugun QLD 4224

(07) 5507 3600

Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology)

Hospital Building, Suite 1, Level B2, 3 Technology Place, Macquarie University, NSW, 2109

(02) 9812 3220

Mater Hospital, Sydney (Oncology)

The Mater Hospital, 25 Rocklands road, North Sydney, NSW

(02)9458 8050

Wembley (Oncology)

24 Salvado Road, Wembley WA, Australia

(08) 6318 2868

Fiona Stanley Hospital (Oncology)

Department of Radiation Oncology Cancer Centre, Lower Ground Floor 102-118 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch WA 6150

(08) 6318 2882

St Vincent's Clinic Sydney (Oncology)

Level A, 438 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

(02) 8302 5400

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