Cancer Council Australia has put together an important resource to help people understand more about the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
Dr Helena Rosengren was one of the key reviewers for this project to ensure the accuracy of the information as a valuable guide for people with cancer, their families and friends.
Dr Rosengren was honoured to have the opportunity to provide her input on this project to help patients nation-wide who have been diagnosed with skin cancer. She is passionate about educating Australians in this field so that all patients are well informed about their diagnosis, treatment options and outcomes.
As one skin cancer is diagnosed every minute in Australia, it is a disease that affects most of us. Even if we have not had skin cancer ourselves, the majority of us know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease. In fact, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
Many people feel shocked and upset when told they have skin cancer. This booklet helps patients and their loved ones to understand how early skin cancer is diagnosed and treated.
This information was developed with the help of a range of health professionals, including Dr Rosengren, and people affected by skin cancer. It is based on Australian clinical practice guidelines.
This information may answer some of your questions and help you think about what to ask your treatment team. You may also like to pass this booklet to family and friends for their information.