1 person will die every 5 hours from Melanoma in Australia.
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that develops in the skin’s pigment cells. On average, 38 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma daily, leading to almost 14,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed every year in Australia.
Melanoma can grow quickly and it can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks. If untreated it can spread to other parts of the body, parts that may not even be exposed to the sun.
- There are many ways to protect yourself. Here are a few we recommend:
- Apply SPF 50+ sunscreen when in the sun and make sure to cover every part of your body.
- Be sure to apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and directly after being in the water
- Wear broad-brimmed hats and wraparound sunglasses with polarised lenses.
- Stay out of the sun when it is at its strongest. This is between 11 am and 3 pm.
Book an appointment with The Skin Hospital:
If you have any concerns or you would like to book a skin check, please call us at Darlinghurst 8651 200 or Westmead 8833 3000.