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Why melanoma skin cancer is increasing and what we can do

Published 3 days ago, by Roeland Pater


The global incidence of melanoma is increasing. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the incidence of malignant melanoma skin cancer in most developed countries has risen faster than any other cancer type since the mid-1950s. This increase is especially noticeable when looking at statistics from the US and UK. So why is this? And even more important, what can we do about it?

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What does squamous cell carcinoma look like?

Published 28 days ago, by Roeland Pater

Squamous cell carcinoma usually first appears as a red, scaly plaque of skin or as a hard domed bump. Both varieties typically feel rough and crusty and can bleed when scraped. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It forms in the squamous cells, which are found in the epidermis, the topmost layers of the skin. It occurs when squamous cells begin to grow uncontrollably. In most cases, this is caused by repeated exposure to UV rays over time. 

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Why is skin cancer so common in Australia?

Published about 1 month ago, by Roeland Pater


Australia has a confluence of factors that put the population at prime risk for developing skin cancer. According to Cancer Council Australia, there are more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year and there were approximately 13,283 new cases of melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in 2016 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma skin cancer in the world, only outpaced by New Zealand this year according to new research published by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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Who treats skin cancer?

Published about 1 month ago, by Roeland Pater


While many may be involved, there are a few that typically deal with it directly, such as a General Practitioner (GP) and a dermatologist. It’s important to be aware of the different types of doctors who may be able to help with skin cancer treatment. 

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