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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

Early detection can save your life

Diagnosis

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.’.”

Sourced from the Sydney Morning Herald. Read the full article here


Why should melanoma be on your radar?

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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 it checked again,”

Read the full story Two young women tell: Why melanoma should be on your radar


Some spots can be dangerous – Dannii Minogue’s skin cancer campaign

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Dannii Minogue has joined a campaign “Some spots can be dangerous” to spread the word about melanoma prevention.

She has urged all Australians to get their skin checked this summer, and ensure they follow up each year.

“I just had the full check recently,” Minogue said. “When I went for my appointment I was nervous and scared — but I’m all healthy. You need to do it once a year.”


Richie Benaud battles skin cancer

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The former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud has revealed he has skin cancer and is undergoing radiation therapy.

retrospective Benaud has recommended that people take precautions to protect themselves in the sun.

“When I was a kid, we never ever wore a cap. I wish I had. You live and learn as you go along.”


Hugh Jackman Diagnosed with Skin Cancer

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After separate skin cancer removal procedures in November 2013 and May 2014 October, this month Hugh Jackman has had his third treatment.

Since his diagnosis he has been a big proponent for skin cancer check.

Below Hugh Jackman speaks with David Letterman about the need for skin cancer checks.

Below Jackman urges his Instagram followers to use sun protection.

SUNSCREEN!

A photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on

 


Doctors disapprove of pharmacy skin cancer checks

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Skin cancer checks performed in pharmacies are “irresponsible and inappropriate” according to Dr Saxon Smith, president of the NSW branch of the Australian Medical Association and a dermatologist.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article


Spot Skin Cancer Quiz, How much do you know?

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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

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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.