According to Cancer Australia, 2/3 of us are likely to get some form of skin cancer before we’re 75. And melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, kills an average of five Aussies every day. That’s 12 times more per capita than any other country. Which is absolutely crazy…
A lot of this can be blamed on our relatively thin ozone layer, but mostly, it’s because we love the great outdoors. And why wouldn’t we. We have some of the best beaches, country and natural wonders in the world. Plus a tonne of us work outside which makes spending time in the sun fairly unavoidable.
Melanoma forms 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 into the blood stream and take root in other areas such as the lymph nodes, liver, lungs and like our mate Wes – the brain. It’s a horrible thing to die from, which is why we want you all to pay attention.
Most of us have between 10 and 50 moles (clusters of melanocytes) which are usually darker than the surrounding skin. This helps you keep an eye on them. And to do so, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you spot – a suss looking spot: