What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer arising from the cells in the skin (melanocytes) that produce skin colour and which respond to sunlight by producing more pigment, a suntan. Because it is on the skin it is easy to diagnose early, and because it is closely associated with excessive sunlight exposure it is possible to prevent at least 80% of melanomas.

For more information on melanomas and how to check yourself, visit our Melanoma page.

Building Awareness

Help prevent the loss of another precious life. Find out the warning signs of melanoma and read about the amazing work being done by Melanoma Institute Australia!

The best way to prevent skin cancer and melanoma is to protect your skin from the sun. Fair skinned/Anglo-Celtic individuals need to develop a lifestyle and/or strategies that minimise their total exposure to direct sunlight, especially during childhood and adolescence.

Stay Sun Safe

Ultra-violet light shows those ‘not-yet-visible’ changes to your skin. Perhaps after watching this video it will be easier to remember to wear sunscreen and a hat.