Being told that you have melanoma is highly disturbing news to receive. It is totally understandable that you and your family have lots of questions both in relation to your condition but also potential treatments and the associated side effects.
First and foremost it is important for you to talk to a specialist medical professional who can answer your medical questions and concerns directly so that you are not left with a vacuum of information which often adds to the suffering for you and your family.
Skin cancer foundations and charities that offer counselling and support to skin cancer and melanoma patients include the following:
Australia and New Zealand
Cancer Council - www.cancer.org.au
Melanoma Patients Australia - www.melanomapatients.org.au
Melanoma Institute Australia - www.melanoma.org.au
The Cancer Society (NZ) - www.cancernz.org.nz
Cancer Support Community - www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Melanoma International Foundation - www.melanomainternational.org
Melanoma Research Foundation - www.melanoma.org
The American Melanoma Foundation - www.myamf.org
Cancer Research UK - www.cancerresearchuk.org
Macmillan Cancer Support - www.macmillan.org.uk
Melanoma UK - www.melanomauk.org.uk
Melanoma Focus - www.melanomafocus.com
Solbari is the leading sun protective clothing brand in Australia with customers in over 70 countries. Solbari offers a range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, UV arm sleeves, broad brim sun hats and sun umbrellas.
Solbari supports a number of skin cancer charities and foundations which helps fund medical research, skin cancer and melanoma treatments and patient support.
You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
The Solbari Team
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.