Last night we put our hats on for Melanoma prevention and welcomed Danielle Fischer from the MIA, (Melanoma Institute Australia). Danielle spoke to us about education and the advances in treatment. The best cure she said is prevention however stressed there have been many advances in treatment. Her compelling presentation contained many interesting facts like melanoma is often referred to as ‘Australia’s national cancer’ as we one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world.
- In 2019, it is expected that there will be 15,229 diagnoses of melanoma of the skin – close to one diagnosis every half hour
- Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian men, after prostate and colorectal cancer
- Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian women, after breast and colorectal cancer
- Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Australians
- In 2020, it is predicted that there will be 1,726 deaths from melanoma of the skin – that is one Australian every five hours
Danielle highly recommends regular skin check-ups whether you notice something odd or not. This reminded me that it is over a year since my last check so must look at booking another soon. Thankfully I have never had any melanoma – but that is no reason for complacency.