How Do I Protect My Skin?

Wear a broad brimmed hat.

Wear sun-protective clothing that covers your back, shoulders, arms and legs.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50+ every 2 hours and re-apply after swimming or exercise.

Wear wrap-around sunglasses.

Seek shade, especially in the hottest part of the day.

Read more about preventing melanoma on the Melanoma Institute Australia website.

Melanoma is a familiar word to most Australians

But it’s only when melanoma directly impacts our lives that we begin to understand the seriousness of this type of skin cancer.

Unfortunately, Australia has one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the world. On average, 40 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every day, with one person dying from the disease every five hours.

That’s why the team at Melanoma Institute Australia is committed to finding new ways to prevent, treat and promote awareness of this deadly disease.

The following information will help you gain a better understanding of melanoma, including what it is, how it’s diagnosed, the different stages of the disease, treatment options, real patient stories, and support available to those diagnosed with melanoma.

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What is Melanoma

What is melanoma?

Melanoma is a form of cancer that develops in the skin's pigment cells.

Melanoma facts

Melanoma facts and statistics

Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world.

How is it diagnosed

How is it diagnosed?

Most melanoma diagnosis starts with a physical examination of a suspicious looking spot or mole.

Support and Patient stories

Support & Patient Stories

Hear real patient stories about living with melanoma and discover options for support.