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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

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

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

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

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