Melanoma Awareness

Summer is coming to an end, the cold weather clothes will soon be coming out of the wardrobe. Don't let those extra layers of clothing prevent you from being skin aware. Take note of any changes in your moles, or the appearance of new ones, and book in for a skin check if you have any concerns. 2 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer in their lives and Australia has the highest rate of Melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) in the world. But early detection saves lives. And a simple 15 minute skin check is all it takes. Everyone should incorporate regular skin checks into their health care regimen.

Here are some facts about melanoma:

  • 1 in 17 people will develop at least one melanoma before age 80
  • The incidence of melanoma has doubled over the past 20 years
  • Young people get it - it is the most common cancer in the 15-39 years age group; melanomas in this age group are also more likely to be the more aggressive types
  • some melanoma can develop to a deadly stage within months.

It is fortunate that melanoma occurs on the skin so can therefore be detected early in its growth. The take home message is: if you notice a change in your skin, don't put off getting it checked out. It could save your life!

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