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Melanomas Detected at PSCC in 2017

Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre detected a record breaking 463 melanomas in 2017 in our two clinics. Over the last few years we have monitored the number of melanomas detected in our clinics and then analysed the number of melanomas for each age group, sex and the depth of melanomas. This valuable information helps us to monitor our performance at detecting melanomas on our patients and our ability to recognise melanoma …Read More

Sunscreen use can cut melanoma numbers

The results of a study by Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has tried to quantify the benefits of applying sunscreen. Their study found that regular sunscreen use would reduce the incidence of melanoma in Australia by about 34 percent by 2031, which would translate into 28,000 fewer melanomas. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s professor David Whiteman hopes for a more realistic 5% increase in sunscreen use which would still reduce …Read More

Freckles On Your Iris and Melanoma

Researchers have found that the number of freckles on the coloured iris of the eye is a strong indictor of your risk for melanoma. They found 3 or more iris ‘freckles’ were associated with a 45% increased risk of melanoma. The associated risk was particularly seen in participants under 40 and reflected a possible genetic susceptibility for melanoma. Melanoma is the most common cancer for young Australians aged 15-39 years …Read More

Aerosol Sunscreen Warnings

The Australian Cancer Council have made an announcement stating they no longer recommend the use of spray-on and aerosol sunscreens. They have also withdrawn their own branded spray-on sunscreens from their online shop. The CEO of the Cancer Council, Professor Sancha Aranda, explained to reporters that Australians are not particularly good at the correct application of these types of sunscreens and that we should stick to using sunscreen creams and …Read More

National Skin Cancer Action Week

National Skin Cancer Action Week is the 19th to 25th of November in 2017. The theme this year is #SunSmartGeneration as the younger generations have been brought up with our Sunsmart message. This has led a decrease in the number of melanomas in this age group. The older generation however, continue to have an increase in the number of skin cancers, including melanoma. This age group have also shown a …Read More

70% of melanomas are new moles

A recent study published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (A meta-analysis of nevus-associated melanoma: Prevalence and practical implications. Pampena R1, Kyrgidis A1, Lallas A2, Moscarella E1, Argenziano G3, Longo C4) showed that only 29.1% of more than 20,000 melanomas studied were associated with an existing mole with the remaining 70.9% melanomas arising de novo, that is from a new mole. With 70% of melanomas arising as a new mole, maybe we need to …Read More

Positive News For Melanoma Treatment

Researchers at Melanoma Institute Australia have released a report showing encouraging results for stage 3 melanoma patients, that is melanoma patients who have had melanoma spread to their lymph nodes. In the past, stage 3 melanoma treatments had very poor results in stopping the progression of melanoma metastasis, with 40-70% developing advanced and fatal melanoma. Researchers at Melanoma Institute Australia now have results from two trials that have encouraging results. …Read More

Skin Cancer Congress 2017

Our dedicated doctors attended the Skin Cancer Congress on the Gold Coast last May to keep up to date with the latest techniques for detecting melanoma and treating skin cancer. Our doctor, Dr Sally Shaw, was interviewed by Ten News explaining the importance of all GP’s to be trained in Skin Cancer Medicine, especially in dermatoscopy which enables the doctor to detect skin cancer, especially melanoma, at it’s earliest stage. …Read More

Dr Sally and The Longest Melanoma March – Day 1

Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre’s Dr Sally Shaw stepped up to the challenge and walked 48kms for a cure for melanoma. Dr Sally, pictured with Carol Renouf – CEO of Melanoma Institute Australia, joined Jay Allen and crew at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Sunday 5th of March for the start of The Longest Melanoma March 2017. Sally walked the entire day with Jay, walking close to 48 kms from Brisbane to Stapylton in …Read More

Hugh Jackman uploads another skin cancer post!

Aussie actor Hugh Jackman has uploaded another post to social media showing the evidence of another skin cancer treated on his nose. “Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all is well. Looks worse with the dressing on than off. I swear! #wearsunscreen” The Wolverine star has now had 6 BCC’s treated over the last few years and has been actively promoting skin cancer awareness …Read More