Patients – Melanoma Research Victoria https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:01:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Patients – Melanoma Research Victoria https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au 32 32 Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre fundraising drive seeks 100 bearded ambassadors https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/albury-wodonga-regional-cancer-centre-fundraising-drive-seeks-100-bearded-ambassadors Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:14:42 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15647 Terry Greaves was feeling fit and healthy until the start of this year, when he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma.

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Source: ABC News, August 2020

Terry Greaves was feeling fit and healthy until the start of this year, when he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma.

“It was all through my body. I had it in my brain, lungs, liver, bowel and in my bones, so it was stage four,” the 59-year-old said.

Doctors told him without treatment he would only have six weeks to live.

“It took me a while to get my head around it when they told me that, it was pretty devastating,” he said.

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‘No tan is worth it’: young melanoma survivor’s sun safe message https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/no-tan-is-worth-it-young-melanoma-survivors-sun-safe-message Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:53:02 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15639 Launceston resident Kate von Stieglitz thought she was too young to be diagnosed with melanoma at 23 – but she was wrong.

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Source: The Examiner, September 2020

Launceston resident Kate von Stieglitz thought she was too young to be diagnosed with melanoma at 23 – but she was wrong.

After observing a suspicious-looking spot on her left quad, Ms von Stieglitz, now 24, went to two separate doctors who told her it was nothing to be concerned about.

However, after the spot became more prominent, she decided to seek a third opinion, booking an appointment with a specialist.

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Tear-jerking moment terminally-ill bride, 23, marries the love of her life after being told she had just DAYS to live https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/tear-jerking-moment-terminally-ill-bride-23-marries-the-love-of-her-life-after-being-told-she-had-just-days-to-live Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:58:58 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15615 A terminally-ill young woman who was diagnosed with cancer more than a year after she was told the lump on her leg was probably a wart has married the love of her life in an emotional ceremony at Sea World Resort.

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Source: Mail Online, September 2020

A terminally-ill young woman who was diagnosed with cancer more than a year after she was told the lump on her leg was probably a wart has married the love of her life in an emotional ceremony at Sea World Resort.

Ashleigh Simrajh, 23, and Jason Hale said ‘I do’ in front of 50 of their closest family and friends on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Her father Tony said the nuptials were both the saddest and happiest day of his life, after the family’s world was flipped upside down by Ashleigh’s illness.

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Skin cancer incidence rates https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/skin-cancer-incidence-rates Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:48:44 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15582 Incidence rates Here is a rundown of skin cancer incidence rates, according to the American Academy of Dermatology:

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Source: Reading Eagle, August 2020

Incidence rates
Here is a rundown of skin cancer incidence rates, according to the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.
  • Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
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High Percentage of Commuters Unaware of Cancer-Causing Sun Rays While Driving https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/high-percentage-of-commuters-unaware-of-cancer-causing-sun-rays-while-driving Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:01:07 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15418 The International Window Film Association (IWFA), conducted a national survey asking; ‘When a car’s windows are closed are you safe from the sun’s UVA rays?’ and nearly one in four of the 500 respondents erroneously believe they are safe from the sun’s harmful UVA rays that may often lead to skin cancers, that most frequently […]

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Source: Yahoo! Finance, July 2020

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), conducted a national survey asking; ‘When a car’s windows are closed are you safe from the sun’s UVA rays?’ and nearly one in four of the 500 respondents erroneously believe they are safe from the sun’s harmful UVA rays that may often lead to skin cancers, that most frequently develop on the left side, or driver’s side, of the face and upper arm.

A separate survey of drivers revealed 57 percent do not have window film tint installed on the side windows of their vehicles and of these drivers, 60 percent have no plans to have window film tint installed. The surveys, conducted in late-June 2020, each garnered over 500 responses and were both gender and age balanced based on US Census data targeting individuals ages 30 and over. Each survey had a margin of error of 4 percent.

“The surprise here is that while approximately 75 percent of drivers are aware of the sun’s harmful UVA rays passing through unprotected glass into their cars, almost 60 percent of drivers are responding by ‘sticking their head in the sand’ as they have no window film tint on their cars, and 60 percent of these unprotected drivers have no plans to have it installed,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “What they are doing is allowing the inevitable damage to their skin and it’s like driving in a tanning bed on wheels,” added Smith.

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THE CAMPAIGN SLAPPING SUN PROTECTION ON GOLF https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/the-campaign-slapping-sun-protection-on-golf Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:18:34 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15394 Rates of melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – have more than doubled in the UK in the last 30 years, with incidence in women having doubled (100% increase) and for men nearly tripled (181%). It is one of our fastest rising cancers, and although still higher in older people, rates in […]

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Source: GolfMagic, July 2020

Rationale
Rates of melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – have more than doubled in the UK in the last 30 years, with incidence in women having doubled (100% increase) and for men nearly tripled (181%). It is one of our fastest rising cancers, and although still higher in older people, rates in 25-49 year olds increased by 70% over the same period*. Global cases will reach nearly half a million (466,914) by 2040, an increase of 62% on 2018 figures.

Getting involved
Skin cancer is however preventable, and by becoming Sun Protection Accredited, clubs can help members and all staff improve their sun protection habits and knowledge. Supported with free resources and up-to-date advice, involvement is quick, easy and achieved by pledging five actions:

1) Nominate a Sun Pro Ambassador; promoting the campaign to members/staff.
2) Add a sun protection statement to Terms & Conditions of play/Health & Safety policy.
3) Display awareness posters and promote the campaign internally, and externally on socials.
4) Ensure sunscreen is available in the club, either for sale or for complimentary use.
5) Display the Sun Protection Accreditation logo – both digitally and in the club

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Isle of Wight beauty therapists asked to join “life-saving” course https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/isle-of-wight-beauty-therapists-asked-to-join-life-saving-course Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:10:53 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15392 A CHARITY raising awareness of melanoma and skin cancer is running an online e-learning course, in a quest to educate beauty industry professionals on how to spot suspicious lesions.

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Source: Isle of Wight County Press, July 2020

A CHARITY raising awareness of melanoma and skin cancer is running an online e-learning course, in a quest to educate beauty industry professionals on how to spot suspicious lesions.

National skin cancer charity, Skcin, is striving to ‘train eyes to save lives’.

It heard the tragic story of Islander Zoe Panayi and is encouraging Isle of Wight beauty therapists to sign up for its online course.

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Zoe, a Newport mum-of-two, died at the end of May, aged 26, after a suspicious looking mole on her back turned out to be the source of cancer that had spread through her body.

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Zoom calls during lockdown spark a rise in online sales of ‘freckle removal pens’ https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/zoom-calls-during-lockdown-spark-a-rise-in-online-sales-of-freckle-removal-pens Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:00:07 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15286 Zoom calls during lockdown have sparked an increase in sales of ‘freckle removal pens’ which dermatologists warn could inadvertently lead to skin cancer. 

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Source: Mail Online, June 2020

Zoom calls during lockdown have sparked an increase in sales of ‘freckle removal pens’ which dermatologists warn could inadvertently lead to skin cancer.

The British Dermatologist Association is calling for the sale of pens which remove freckles, moles and skin tags at home to be banned.

The organisation is concerned that the beauty devices could lead to burns, scarring and further pigmentation – and may also make cancerous melanomas harder to spot, reports The Sunday Telegraph.

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Teens increased skin protection habits after intervention with face-aging app https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/teens-increased-skin-protection-habits-after-intervention-with-face-aging-app Wed, 01 Jul 2020 05:08:26 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15237 An intervention in secondary schools in southeastern Brazil using a face-aging app resulted in an increase in protective measures used by students against sun exposure.

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Source: Healio, May 2020

An intervention in secondary schools in southeastern Brazil using a face-aging app resulted in an increase in protective measures used by students against sun exposure.

Ultraviolet exposure is a large risk factor for the development of melanoma and other skin cancers, especially with exposure early in life. As melanoma incidence rates rise worldwide, skin protection is increasingly significant for adolescents.

The 1,573 participants in the study were selected from 52 classes in eight secondary schools in Itauna, Brazil. The area has a high incidence rate of melanoma due to Brazil having one of the highest UV indexes in the world and a population mostly of European ancestry in the southeastern part of the country.

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New Survey Shows 1 in 4 Canadians Don’t Understand Dangers of Sun Exposure https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/new-survey-shows-1-in-4-canadians-dont-understand-dangers-of-sun-exposure Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:12:04 +0000 https://melanomaresearchvic.com.au/?p=15224 TORONTO, May 27, 2020 /CNW/ – Save Your Skin Foundation is dedicated to informing and educating Canadians about melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, that has been steadily on the rise since the 1990s in both men and women.

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Source: CISION, May 2020

TORONTO, May 27, 2020 /CNW/ – Save Your Skin Foundation is dedicated to informing and educating Canadians about melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, that has been steadily on the rise since the 1990s in both men and women. The latest estimates show that this year alone, 8,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma and 1,300 will die from it.1 A recent survey shows there are serious knowledge and information gaps among Canadians about this cancer.

Hayley Wickenheiser, six time Olympian and Hockey Hall of Famer, is supporting an educational campaign to bridge these gaps so that Canadians will better understand this potentially devastating skin cancer and those diagnosed will be adequately armed to make informed decisions.

Melanoma should be taken very seriously, and the risks associated with melanoma should be understood by all Canadians, especially those who spend long hours outdoors, such as athletes and outdoor workers. According to results from a new survey2 more than half of Canadians (55%) do not realize a small amount of sun exposure without protection can lead to melanoma.

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