Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Skin cells are damaged by exposure to sunlight (i.e. UV radiation). These damaged cells often aggregate to form moles, most moles are harmless. However, in some cases these damaged cells mutate and grow uncontrollably either by expanding outwards or down into the lower levels of the skin.
A melanoma is not easy to identify as it may take on many different physical forms. Some look like irregular moles but not all. Most melanomas take on a black or brown colour, but it could also appear with other colours including pink, white and blue.
If detected early, the five year survival rates for melanoma are high. However, if the damaged cells have spread to the lower levels of the skin, to lymph nodes or even through the bloodstream to other vital organs the survival rate is significantly lower.
For context, around 15,000 a year are diagnosed with melanoma every year in Australia and sadly about 10% of those diagnosed will die from the disease within 5 years.
The primary cause of melanoma skin cancer is cumulative exposure to the sun.
The good news is that because melanoma is mainly caused by overexposure to the sun, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Dermatologists agree that sun protective UPF clothing is the most effective way to prevent skin cancer.
Australia is the global leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma skin cancer.
Solbari is the leading sun protective UPF clothing brand in Australia with customers in over 60 countries. Solbari offers an award-winning range of UPF 50+ sun protection clothing, broad brim sun hats, arm sleeves and umbrellas.
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This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin form now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin ageing.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin ageing, sunburn, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen with a SPF rating above 30 should be applied to skin that is directly exposed to the sun.