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New portable UV sensors could help prevent skin cancer

Recent technology developed by the Queensland University of Technology could lead the way in reducing skin cancer incidences. The university is on the cusp of trialling the latest in portable UV sensors to test whether or not an increase Read more

Early detection can save your life

Alannah Hill recently underwent an operation to remove a tiny "invasive malignant melanoma of the spreading type" on one of her left toes. She discovered it by accident, and wouldn't have known or suspected it to be cancerous at Read more

Why should melanoma be on your radar?

Two young women tell of their close calls with skin cancer, and the importance of being regularly checked. “Melanoma can develop in moles which have had little exposure to the sun. If in doubt, get it checked and get Read more

Research shows an increase in sunburnt Australian adults

New research released by Cancer Council has shown that the downward trend in adult sunburn since 2003/04 has hit a hurdle with approximately 430,000 more sunburn cases found compared to four years ago. The research showed that on a summer Read more

New clue discovered about melanoma cell growth

Skin Cancer Treatment

Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that melanoma cells can behave differently, some melanoma cells are fast growing but are poor at invading surrounding tissue, other melanoma cells are slow growing but are good at invading surrounding tissues. It was found that in a melanoma tumour, the fast growing cells piggyback along with the more invasive cells to be more effective in creating a new tumour once the cells had reached a different location within the body.

“We used to think that cancer cells spread by first specialising in invading other parts of the body and then change in order to grow rapidly. But this research shows that melanoma can spread by ‘co-operative invasion’.

“Different types of cancer cells with different strengths and weaknesses are both present in the tumour at the same time and can work together to spread faster and more efficiently. This has profound implications for how we find cures for this terrible disease.”
Study author Claudia Wellbrock

This type of research is vital to understanding how melanoma spreads throughout the body, which in turn helps lead the way into drug research into how it’s spread can be controlled.

Source: The Australian

Cancer Support

Skin Cancer Treatment

No one should experience cancer alone.

The Cancer Council of Australia offers a range of services including cancer counselling services, support groups, information sessions, and very practical help with things such as accommodation.

Talk to us to find out more information about the wonderful assistance that is offered by the Cancer Council of Australia or head to the Cancer Council of Australia’s patient support page.

Spot Skin Cancer Quiz, How much do you know?


IdentifyIt’s important to have the ability to identify possible cancers on your skin and when it’s important to see a dermatologist.

The American Academy of Dermatology has created the SPOT Skin Cancer™ quiz to test your knowledge of identifying skin cancers.

This informative quiz contains has tips to help you learn how to identify skin cancers as you answer the questions.

Did you receive your certificate of achievement?

Remind your family and friends


It can’t be emphasised enough how important it is to diagnose skin cancer early.

Check with your doctor how often you should be scheduling an appointment and make sure you also keep an eye on your loved ones and make sure they take any abnormal moles seriously.

Emily Sheffield, the sister-in-law of the UK Prime Minister, has recently had a melanoma removed after her mother encouraged her to have an abnormal mole checked.

Assess your skin cancer risk here and make an appointment for you or for any loved ones if you have any concerns.

Are you using enough sunscreen?

Sun Protection

With temperatures up above 40 degrees this Summer, the surf brings welcome relief. Make sure you’re taking care of your skin though as a recent Cancer Council study has shown that up to 2/3 of us aren’t applying enough sunscreen.

Most people need to DOUBLE the amount of cream they are using to achieve the SPF that is shown on the bottle.

According to Terry Slevin from the WA Cancer Council the best advice is to apply a generous layer and the add “another good squirt”.

Check the UV rating on our homepage and remember that (according to the World Health Organisation) even a UV index of 3 is enough to damage skin cell DNA and cause cancer.


Australians should be giving safe sunglasses for Christmas

Sun Protection

Sunglasses make excellent Christmas presents but It’s important when choosing sunglasses as a gift to find a pair with suitable sun protection as 300 Australians are diagnosed every year with eye cancer and conjunctival cancer.

The Australian Government has five lens categories on a scale of 0 (very limited protection) to 4 (very high protection) which identifies how well sunglasses perform.

It is recommended that sunglasses with a rating of 2 or higher are purchased to offer sufficient UV protection to the eye.

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Australians at risk for Skin Cancer

Sun Protection

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Our ageing fair skinned population grew up in a time where little was known about the dangers of sun burn, and as a consequence cancers such as Basal Cell carcinoma and Squamous cell Carcinoma are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia each year. Read more

Sunscreen protects gene that fights skin cancers

Sun Protection

Research currently being undertaken by Dr Elke Hacker and her team at Queensland University of Technology looks into the impact of sunscreen at a molecular level. Read more

Use of Vitamin B3 in treating Skin Cancers

Skin Cancer Treatment, Sun Protection

Safe, inexpensive and widely available – the use of Vitamin B3 in treating skin cancer.

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How do I read the SunSmart UV Alert?

Sun Protection

How to check today’s UV forecast and protect your skin from damaging radiation.

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