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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

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

How much sun do we need?

There’s nothing like soaking up some warm sunshine after a cold and wet winter but how much sun is safe? We know the sun is the best natural source of vitamin D but too much can lead to skin cancer. It can be a difficult balance to ensure your vitamin D levels are sufficient but not damage your skin. We need to consider our skin type, where we live (latitude), …Read More

Winter is the best time for a skin check or molemap!

Skin cancer is one of the easiest cancers to detect because it is on the outside of the body, in view for us all to see. In summertime, when it’s hot, we shed all the layers of clothes necessary for winter and walk around in singlets, shorts, strappy dresses and bathers. This leads to many skin cancers being detected by the patient, a family member or even a complete stranger …Read More

Skin Cancer Community Slams Celebrity Chef Pete Evans Dangerous Comments on Sunscreen

Australian celebrity paleo chef, Pete Evans, has been rebuffed by the skin cancer community and the Australian Medical Association. Skin cancer patients, including ABC presenter Mark Colvin, have been sharing their surgical scars on Facebook criticizing Evans’ irresponsible stance on sun protection. Chef Pete Evans has been challenged by these communities for a comment he has made on his Facebook page regarding the use of sunscreens. Evans claimed not to …Read More

Melanoma diagnostic accuracy improved with dermoscopy

If your doctor is not using a dermatoscope and hasn’t had training in identifying skin cancer at it’s earliest stage, then it’s time to have your skin checked by a doctor who is accredited with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and is an expert in dermoscopy. Dermoscopy enables the doctor to see microscopic features within the top few layers of the skin. They will be able to detect patterns …Read More

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