Fast facts about Melanoma​

Melanoma is often referred to as ‘Australia’s National Cancer’. AMRF aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of melanoma in Australia if detected and removed early.

Please get a yearly skin check with a health professional.

  • In 2019, it was expected that there would be 15,229 diagnoses of melanoma of the skin - close to one diagnosis every half hour.
  • Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian men and women.
  • If detected early more than 90%of melanoma cases can be successfully treated with surgery.
  • Australia has one of the highest melanoma rates in the world.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) but incidence for people over 60 is also high and increasing.
  • In Australia, 1 person dies from melanoma every 5 hours
  • Most melanomas are caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.

Melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. It begins in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that make melanin, which gives the skin its colour.

What to look for

It is very important to check your skin regularly in order to detect any changes in the SIZE, COLOUR or SHAPE of a mole or skin lesion.

An easy way to detect potentially harmful moles or lesions is by using the ABCDE guidlines.

Yes. In fact, everyone is at risk, as we are all exposed to the sun. Due to variations in skin types, some people are more at risk than others.

Prevention

Your exposure to ultra violet (UV) light from the sun is one of the major risk factors for melanoma that you can control. UV levels are highest in summer, late spring and early autumn.

UV levels are not dependent on the temperature or cloud cover. A colder, cloudy day will still have high UV levels in summer. The following tips can help prevent melanoma…

Catching a melanoma in its early stages is one of the most important factors in improving the outcome of a melanoma diagnosis. It can literally SAVE A LIFE.

Why is catching it early so important?

Did you know...

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