OUR FOCUS

is on melanoma…

It’s the most deadly form of skin cancer, killing five Aussies a day. That’s 12 times more (per capita) than any other country. Crazy right… 

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 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:

THE ABCDE WARNING SIGNS
OF MELANOMA

NOW FOR SOME STATS

(according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

1,725

Australians are estimated to be killed by melanoma in 2019

69

The percentage of men likely to die from melanoma in 2019

15,229

New cases of melanoma are estimated to be diagnosed in Australia in 2019

However, if properly detected and treated early,

YOUR CHANCE OF SURVIVAL IS CLOSE TO 100%

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