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The ‘funny mole’ that might be deadly: Melanoma rates soaring

Source: Sydney Morning Herald., July 2019 Last June, Melissa Hanning was standing in a department store dressing room trying on clothes. Surrounded by mirrors, she noticed a black mole on her shoulder. “Oh”, thought the Queensland mum-of-two, “I wonder how long that [has been] therefor.” She wasn’t worried, but she was keen to get it […]

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Experts warn Australia heading for shortfall of melanoma specialists

Source: Brisbane Times, July 2019 Skin cancer experts warn that Australia is heading for a shortfall in dermatologists, a dangerous situation for the country with the highest rate of melanoma. The Australasian College of Dermatologists is calling for more to be done to curb rates of melanoma, from funding, to scientific breakthroughs, to training more […]

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Talking About Melanoma Matters: Empowering patients to communicate confidently with their clinicians

Source: Nursing Times, July 2019 Delia Sworm, skin cancer clinical nurse specialist at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, offers her perspective on the importance of shared decision-making between clinicians and people with melanoma I have worked as a skin cancer nurse for five years, supporting people from diagnosis to recovery. Through our regular interactions with people […]

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Apps can help you detect and track skin cancer, but are they safe?

Source: News Daily, June 2019 Australians are increasingly turning to their phones to keep an eye on suspicious skin spots, new research has shown – but medical experts have warned it’s not as foolproof as it sounds. Skin cancer apps for smartphones have been around for about five years, and claim to let users do […]

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