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WHAT CAUSES SKIN CANCER (MELANOMAS) AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP IT.

The Melanoma Institute Australia, dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma through innovative research, treatment and education programs, is organizing the first ‘Darwin March against Melanoma’ this Sunday.  Melanoma affects men and woman of all age groups, is the most common form of cancer that occurs amongst young Australians (20% of all cancer cases between the age of 16-39 are Melanoma related) and moreover, numbers are expected to increase in the near future.

Cullen Bay Day Spa is proud to dedicate its first ever blog to creating awareness for this great cause. So here is our advice on what you need to know, and what you can do to keep your skin safe:

WHAT IS MELANOMA?

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer that starts from the pigment cells (melanocytes) of the skin. These cells are the cause of moles on the skin but also form frenckles and produce the brown colour of a suntan. Most cases occur around these pigmented areas and can develop anywhere on the body.

The biggest problem that Melanoma causes, and why it is so important to be aware of what is going on with your skin, is that melanoma grows quickly. If it is not treated on time, Melanoma may spread to the lower layer of skin, where cancer cells can escape and be carried to other parts of the body in blood or lymph vessels.

MOST IMPORTANT RISK FACTORS

It is not yet totally clear how Melanoma develops but a significant link between exposure to sunlight and occurrence has been established, with Australia having the highest number of melanoma diagnosis in the world.

It is important to know that anyone can develop any form of skin cancer when exposed to the sun. Personal risk factors include:

  •  Fair (celtic) skin – that burns easily, freckles and doesn’t tan easily
  • A history of repeated episodes of sunburn and blistering, especially in childhood and adolescence

  • Other close family members who have had melanoma

  • Certain types of moles and number of moles

  • Prior history of melanoma 

    Melanoma is diagnosed most often in older adults, but it also occurs in younger adults and occasionally in teenagers. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15-39 years old, making up 20% of all cancer cases and responsible for 8% of all cancer deaths in this age group. It is rarely seen in children, however repeated episodes of sunburn in childhood and adolescence do contribute to development

KEY FACTS ABOUT MELANOMA IN AUSTRALIA

  • Melanoma is Australia’s national cancer and the third most common form of cancer in Australian men and women (10% of all cancers.)

  • Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world

  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15-39 years old, making up 20% of all cancer cases and responsible for 8% of all cancer deaths in this age group.

  • In 20–34 year-olds, melanoma kills more young Australians than any other single cancer.

  • 30 people are diagnosed with melanoma in Australia each day and 1 person dies every 7 hours so chances are you or one of your family or friends will experience melanoma in their lifetime.

  • Each year more than 1,500 Australians die from melanoma and over 12,500 new cases are diagnosed.

  • Statistics show melanoma affects more men than women. Compared to women, men are more than 2.5 times as likely to die from melanoma and females up to 85 years of age have a 1 in 23 chance of a melanoma diagnosis whereas males to age 85 have a 1 in 14 chance.

  • Early detection and treatment saves lives - over 90% of melanomas can be cured with simple treatment, if detected early enough. 

 

HOW TO MINIMISE YOUR RISK OF GETTING MELANOMA 

The simplest, most effective way to reduce your chance of developing melanoma is to protect your skin from the sun.

  • Seek shade, especially in the hottest part of the day and remember sun can reflect off surfaces such as water, sand and concrete causing sunburn

  • Wear clothing that covers at the very least your back, shoulders, arms and legs

  • Apply a minimum of SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen at least every 2 hours

  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat 

 

Also checking your skin regularly (or getting it checked by your skin therapist) could safe your life. Look for:

  • Change in shape or colour of an existing mole           

  • Increase in size of an existing mole 

  • Bleeding or itching  

  • Irregular border       

  • New mole or freckle              

     

HOW WE CAN HELP

Suncare products: Ranging from BABOR BODY, BABOR SUNCARE and DR. BABOR cosmeceutical solutions, to the exclusive ZO Skin Health range by Dermatologist and Cosmetic Physician Zein Obagi  (Beverly Hills, USA): we stock specific skincare products that combine personalized skincare with sun solutions. Besides spf 30+ protection, products include antioxidants such as vitamin A, C & E which are highly effective to help strengthen the skin, stimulate new cell growth and reduce sun damage. 

Babor Shaping range Cullen bay day spaZo Skin health product range Cullen bay day spa

 

Skin Cancer Checks (Bulk Bill): Cullen Bay Day Spa also offers Monthly Skin Cancer checks with cosmetic physician Dr. Housego. To pre book please email  reception@cullenbaydayspa.com.au,call (89411522)  or click here to make an appointment.

 

FIRST DARWIN MARCH AGAINST MELANOMA 

The walk this Sunday is to raise awareness of melanoma and its effects. Also to raise funds to help the Melanoma Institute Australia research into helping finding a cure for this terrible disease. Cullen Bay Day Spa will be donating a prize which includes a BABOR body treatment with stem cell technology and ZO Skin Health Sunscreen and Daily moisturiser with antioxidants ( Vitamin A C & E ) to help strengthen the skin and reduce sun damaged cells.

Date:Sunday 23rd March 2014

Pre-Register at: melanomamarch.org.au

Registrations open:4.00pm

Registrations close:4.30pm

Walk Starts:4.45pm

Walk Finish:6.00pm

 

Start: Nightcliff Swimming Pool Car Park to Rapid Creek Bridge and return. This is a approximately a 4km walk.

More information can be found on: melanomamarch.org.au (this is also where people can pre-register).

 

This blog has been established in cooperation with Melanoma Institute Australia


 

 

Cullen Bay Day Spa 1/64 Marina Bve, Cullen Bay, NT, 0820
T: 0449660958

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