During 2020 lockdowns, pressure on healthcare systems and people putting off a visit to the Doctor have resulted in these deeply concerning figures.
Melanoma Patients Australia CEO Victoria Beedle said; “It is critical that people across Australia stop and consider when they last checked their skin. The Cancer Australia figures reveal that as many as 3036 people may have melanoma right now and do not know it. We know that 16221 people were diagnosed with melanoma in 2020 and 1375 people died from the cancer – we are worried that this figures could significantly increase in 2021 if life saving skin checks are missed.”
Prof Mark Smithers AM, Melanoma Patients Australia Medical Advisor commented “We know that surgical removal of early stage melanoma is the most effective way to remove melanoma and reduce the risk of the cancer spreading. If detected early more than 90% of melanoma cases can be successfully treated with surgery. The consequences of not catching melanoma early can be devastating and often fatal”
As we head to the end of a long, hot summer, it has never been more important for Australians to check their own skin for melanoma and other skin cancer. It is also important to book in with a health professional for your annual professional skin check, it could just save your life.
In response to the Covid pandemic, the Global Coalition for Melanoma Patient Advocacy – the alliance of melanoma-related charitable organisations – has launched two skin self-examination tools:
In the fight against melanoma skin cancer, early detection and treatment is critical. Both the voice-activated app and the video are free to use, so we encourage everybody to find just 10 minutes each month and make conducting a skin self-examination part of their regular routine.
Visit here to download the Cancer Australia report
Visit here to join the #Melanoma Movement and learn more about how to spot the signs of skin cancer