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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

Dr Sally joins The Longest Melanoma March 2017

Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre’s Dr Sally Shaw will be joining Jay Allen in Brisbane on the 5th of March 2017 to start the biggest melanoma fundraising event to date: The Longest Melanoma March, 1200kms from Brisbane to Sydney. Jay Allen, stage 3 melanoma survivor and advocate at Melanoma Institute Australia, had a previous fundraising event in 2015, walking 900kms from Sydney to Melbourne with his mate Andrew Rust. PSCC was …Read More

Melanomas detected in 2016

Statistics have been collated for our number of melanomas detected in 2016 for our clinics in Frankston & Mornington and the results are consistently high again this year = 323 melanomas. In 2015 we had detected 365 melanomas,  a huge increase from the 234 melanomas found in 2014 and 218 melanomas in 2013. It is interesting to note that the rate of in-situ melanomas has remained consistent at 83%. This means …Read More

Which sunscreen is the best for me?

Choosing which sunscreen to buy can be a difficult decision when every product available promotes itself as the right one for you! When deciding which sunscreen to buy, there are a few considerations… occasion, activity, weather and skin type. If you are sitting in an outdoor cafe in the middle of autumn you may only require a moisturiser with a 30-50 SPF, however, if you are going swimming at the …Read More

Monitoring for Melanoma In Molemapping

When a patient is diagnosed with a melanoma there is a 12% chance that they will develop a second primary melanoma somewhere else on their skin not associated with the first melanoma. It is vital to have a comprehensive surveillance program for these melanoma patients to monitor for new primaries. Dr Sally Shaw, skin cancer expert at Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre, says that the combination of Molemapping with Total Body …Read More

Molemap versus Skincheck – What should I book?

Whilst the most common skin cancers in Australia are BCC’s and SCC’s, the skin cancer responsible for the most deaths is melanoma. Melanoma is usually detected as a pigmented lesion that shows some asymmetry in pigment and structures and also exhibits change when monitored over a short or long term. A molemap, including total body photography, is the best surveillance program to detect melanoma. When booking in at the dermatologist …Read More