The outer covering of the body. It consists of two layers: the outer layer (epidermis) protects the body from injury and invasion by parasites. The inner layer (dermis) contains the roots of hairs, glands that make sweat and oil, blood and lymphatic vessels, and nerves.
The most common form of cancer in Australia. It affects all age groups from adolescence upwards. Skin cancer rates in Australia are higher than anywhere else in the world. There are three main types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. All start in different parts of the outer layer of skin.