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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

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

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

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

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

Molemap for melanoma detection

Melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer. Although only representing 2% of all skin cancers, it is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Early detection is vital for a good survival rate. Mole mapping is most effective method for detecting melanoma early. The biggest risk factor for melanoma is having a large number of moles that can include some large atypical moles. When a patient has many moles, …Read More

AFL’s Jarryd Roughead confirms immunotherapy treatment for melanoma metastases.

HAWTHORN star Jarryd Roughead is starting targeted immunotherapy treatment next week to treat his advanced melanoma . Jarryd Roughead has confirmed at his press conference this morning that 4 spots have been detected on his lungs. These have been biopsied and proven to be melanoma metastases. He will begin his immunotherapy next week and is expecting to undertake this therapy for 12 months. “When the news hit two weeks ago it was shock …Read More