Our enemy is melanoma...
a nasty little beast that can crop up anywhere.
On your eyelids, under your nails and in places which rarely see the sun. And contrary to what some might say, people of all skin types are vulnerable. For example: Reggae legend Bob Marley died from a melanoma under his toenail. So no matter who you are - early detection is super important.
Melanomas can develop when the skin's pigment cells (melanocytes) mutate and become cancerous, multiplying in an uncontrolled way. They can then invade the skin around them and may also spread to other areas such as the lymph nodes, liver and lungs. Melanocytes sometimes grow together in harmless groups or clusters, which are known as moles. Most people have between 10 and 50 moles and often they are darker than the surrounding skin.
To see if have any suss looking spots we've put together these *ABCDE warning signs. *Best enjoyed with an eagle eyed (and very thorough) partner.
Estimated number of new melanoma cases to be diagnosed in 2018
14,320 = 8,653 males + 5,667 females
Number of people in Australia living with melanoma
(diagnosed in the 5 year period 2008 to 2012)
Chance of surviving melanoma for at least five years
(if properly diagnosed and treated based on 2009–2013 data)