It was National Skin Cancer Action Week from the 18th to 23rd of November. 

At Ministry of Skin we wanted to increase skin cancer awareness and reduce melanoma in our community, so we spent the week creating awareness on this important topic. 

An editorial was featured in the Times News Group newspapers – read the full story HERE

Dr. Caroline and Practice Manager had the pleasure of visiting Krock and chatting with Tom and Loggy from the Breakfast Show about Skin Cancer Awareness and even did a Skin Cancer check live on air. Watch the video of the whole segment below.

We called out to our local community and patients to help spread awareness for Skin Cancer Action Week and we were overwhelmed by your response!

Above and below is just a small selection of posts shared on Instagram. To see all the awareness created, check out our Instagram.

Did you know…

Australia has one of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer and skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which usually occurs on the parts of the body that have been overexposed to the sun. Rare melanomas can occur in parts of the skin or body that have never been exposed to the sun.

About 70% of melanomas develop as a new mole – hence the name skin cancer, not mole cancer. We say new “mole”, even when it is actually a cancer because when a melanoma is first visible on the skin it can resemble a mole in shape and colour, increasing its risk of being missed. At a skin check it is these small moles we preferentially check are not early melanomas.

New moles and spots will appear and change during childhood, adolescence and during pregnancy and this is normal. However, adults who develop new spots or moles should have them examined by one of our skin cancer doctors.

Melanoma symptoms:

Often melanoma has no symptoms, however, the first sign is generally a change in an existing mole or the appearance of a new spot. These changes can include:

  • colour – a mole may change in colour or have different colour shades or become blotchy
  • size – a mole may appear to get bigger
  • shape – a mole may have in irregular border or may increase in height
  • elevation – the mole may develop a raised area
  • itching or bleeding.

Diagnosis for melanoma:

The ABCDE method is used to help identify symptoms and make a diagnosis:

  • A – Asymmetry, irregular
  • B – Border, uneven
  • C – Colour
  • D – Diameter (usually over 6mm),
  • E – Evolving (changing and growing).

Melanomas are caused from excessive sun exposure and burning episodes so the best way to prevent them are : When the UV index is 3 or above or you feel you are at risk of burning  – Slip on protective clothing, slop on SPF + sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek Shade, Slide on sunglasses.

At Ministry of Skin we aim to identify skin cancers early to ensure best possible outcomes through skin checks, monitoring, biopsies and treatments of any suspicious lesions.

If you have have noticed any symptoms or want to be proactive and get a skin check call us on (03) 52616171 or online.

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