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
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
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
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
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 all if she hadn’t kicked her foot so forcefully on the skirting board that she needed to go to hospital for treatment. Alannah’s doctor requested a biopsy, and later told her that if it hadn’t been spotted for another three months, the cancer would have likely become terminal.
Her story shows the extreme importance of early detection and regular skin checks.
“The main thing to remember – and I can’t stress this enough –” she says, “is that we all, unfortunately, believe we are invincible. I thought my little freckle was just a freckle getting bigger. But it was the first signs of a melanoma – which is a sign to go and get checked. Getting checked is what the doctors preach most. They despair, so often, as they lose people after hearing the words, ‘If only … if only I’d gone earlier and gotten checked earlier.’.”
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