Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two out of three people who spend their life in Australia will develop some form of skin cancer.
BCC (basal cell carcinoma) and SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) are the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer. In Australia, about 370,000 cases of BCC and SCC are diagnosed and treated each year.
BCC can develop in young people but is most common in people aged over 40 years. SCC occurs mostly in people aged over 50.
More than 10,300 cases of melanoma are diagnosed in Australia each year.
For further information and advice, call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20.
Last Reviewed: 01 March 2011