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Cancer types

Due to the high burden cancer poses on the Australian community, it was announced as a National Health Priority Area (NHPA) in 1996, with the focus on the eight priority cancers below:

Other types of cancer can be found below:

Sources: Cancer Australia (All cancer types), Department of Health and Ageing (Cancer)

Last reviewed: September 2015

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Advanced Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is a type of cancer that arises from the cells of the kidney. Another name for kidney cancer is “renal cell carcinoma”. The most common type of kidney cancer is “clear cell carcinoma”.

Read more on Kidney Health Australia website

Localised Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is a type of cancer that arises from the cells of the kidney. Another name for kidney cancer is “renal cell carcinoma”. The most common type of kidney cancer is “clear cell carcinoma”.

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Types of skin cancer

There are 3 types of skin cancer and they are named after the type of skin cell they start from. These are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma skin cancer.

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Pancreatic cancer - myDr.com.au

There are many types of pancreatic cancer. Each requires different treatment and has a different outlook for survival. The most common type of pancreatic cancer is pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

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Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman's cervix.

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Types of skin cancer - SunSmart

Like all body tissues our skin is made up of cells: basal cells, squamous cells and melanocytes.

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SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) - Skin Cancer Clinic

SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) is a skin cancer that is more common in males over the age of 40 and usually develops from a pre-existing Solar Keratosis.

Read more on My Skin Check website

Merkel Cell Carcinoma - Skin Cancer Clinic

Merkel Cell Cancer is a rare Skin cancer that is usually found in elderly people.

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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) - ACD

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. Fortunately it is also the least dangerous and almost always completely cured by treatment.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

Merkel cell carcinoma - ACD

Merkel cell carcinoma is a very uncommon type of aggressive skin cancer. It presents most commonly in elderly fair-skinned individuals, particularly in sun-exposed areas on the head, neck and limbs.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

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