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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 They have also withdrawn their own branded spray-on sunscreens from their online shop.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

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

Melanomas detected in 2016

Statistics have been collated for our number of melanomas detected in 2016 for our clinics  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 we are detecting …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

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

Tattoos and melanoma: How to protect against skin cancer

We know that ink in tattoos do not cause skin cancer and that tattoos do not protect our skin from UV sun damage. Tattoos can however make it difficult for the patient and their doctor to notice any early changes to the skin or individual moles. Many melanomas are detected using magnified images of moles checking for changes. Most melanomas will appear as a new mole on clean skin, where …Read More