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What causes skin cancer?

The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Find out what can cause skin cancer.

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Sunburn

All people are at risk of sunburn, and young children can get seriously burnt in less than 30 minutes. Here's how to avoid and treat sunburn.

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Should I be tested for skin cancer?

Everyone can be at some risk of developing skin cancer and the risks increase as you grow older. Find out here about how and why tests for skin cancer are carried out.

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Skin cancer and melanomas

Skin cancer is mainly caused by exposure to sun. Most skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early, but you need to know what to look for.

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Look after yourself this Australia Day

This Australia Day, use these handy and practical tips to ensure you enjoy the sun and snags, while avoiding any alcohol-related misadventure.

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Sunburn prevention

Information about sunburn prevention, including how to stay safe in the sun, the best ways to protect your skin and what sunscreen to use

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Overview of autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks its own body. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of types such as Coeliac disease and lupus.

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The truth about skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Australia, but there are many myths about this deadly disease. Here's the truth behind 5 of the more common ones.

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Vitamin D deficiency

Learn the benefits of maintaining healthy vitamin D levels and when to get tested.

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Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer. It can spread if not treated, so you should see a doctor if you have symptoms.

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