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Australia's Skin Cancer Rate Declines

According to the The Sydney Morning Herald, "Australia no longer has the highest rate of deadly skin cancers in the world, ceding the unwanted title to New Zealand thanks to the success of decades of public health campaigns."

The article touched upon how Australia's per capita of those with melanoma peaked at around 49 cases per 100,000 people in 2005. However, this has significantly dropped leaving New Zealand with the most cases per capita.  It goes on to say, "By 2031, the researchers estimate Australia's per capita rate will have fallen to 41 per 100,000."

Slip, Slop, Slap!  One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council in 1981.

Slip, Slop, Slap! One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council in 1981.

It is great to read about a company whose melanoma rate is decreasing. Australia is becoming more sun safe, and we all should too.

Read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/national/australias-skin-cancer-rate-declines-20160329-gntqf5.html#ixzz44NyR8pOW

Looking Beyond The Number of Moles

According to a new study from JAMA Dermatology, most melanoma patients do not have very many moles. This may come as a shock to many, especially since a person with a lot of moles is most of the time thought to be at a higher risk of cancer.

The study was led by Alan Geller of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The findings were surprising: about 66 percent of the 566 melanoma patients had zero to 20 moles total, and about 73 percent had no atypical moles.

Read more about it in TIME

This study showcases just how important it is to practice sun safety. Don't forget to apply sunscreen (and reapply!), get your skin checked (no matter how many moles or freckles you have) and seek shade when possible.

Have a suspicious mole on your skin? Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in a fun, easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma:

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