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Useful information on skin cancer, melanoma, skin moles, and how to keep your skin healthy. For medical information about skin cancer, check our library.

sun safety

UV Rays – what are they and how can we protect ourselves from them?

On average 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, with UV exposure being the biggest cause of the disease. According to Cancer Research UK, just one case of severe sunburn every two years heavily increases your chances of getting melanoma skin cancer. 

The UV stands for Ultra Violet – basically, a ray that is invisible to the human eye. This is why sunburn does not show up straight away, as well as wrinkles which can develop over time.

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The current situation in New Zealand
Melanoma

Melanoma: The current situation in New Zealand

New Zealand has, together with Australia, the highest melanoma incidence in the world. The combination of skin type and UV impact from the sun put the inhibitors of New Zealand at high risk. So let’s take a closer look at the current melanoma situation in NZ.

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Skin cancer

Why is skin cancer so common in Australia?

Australia has a confluence of factors that put the population at risk of skin cancer. According to Cancer Council Australia, there are more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanomas in Australia each year. Currently, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. In fact, it was estimated that 15,229 new cases of melanoma alone would be diagnosed in 2019 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

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Chickenpox Vaccine
Skin health

What is the Chickenpox Vaccine?

The vast majority of you reading this article, whether you remember it or not, will have gone through the itchy agony of chickenpox. Many of us have been left with scars from spots our parents couldn’t quite stop us itching, but not all children and parents today need to experience chickenpox distress. This is due to the chickenpox vaccine.

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How to use SkinVision

This video quickly lays our how to use SkinVision, to ensure that you can make the most of the program.

The SkinVision service is used by over a million people across the globe and has helped in the recognition of over 27,000 skin cancers. It is our aim to save 250,000 lives in the next decade.

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Detection

New Zealand Partnership Finds 60 Skin Cancers in First Two Months

Accuro Insurance, a New Zealand owned and operated health insurance provider, rolled out a new membership benefits programme for its members in December of 2017. The long-standing benefit program has seen Accuro’s members gaining access to everything from dentists to health foods. The newest partnership has produced a potentially life-saving result far closer to home than ever expected.  

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The Story of UK Business Woman who found Skin Cancer using SkinVision

“It all started when I got a freckle on my lower back that became a little itchy”, so starts the story of Emma Proctor, a 37-year-old Business Owner from Preston, Lancashire. “I didn’t think much of it at the time, but then one day I realised there was a bit of blood. It was on my lower back in an extremely awkward position to see properly, with a mirror I managed to see that it was looking a little different”.

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common skin lesions pictures
Skin lesions

How do common skin lesions look? (with pictures)

The majority of skin lesions are benign, but when a new lesion or mark appears on our skin, it can be difficult to tell whether it is dangerous. If you have any suspicions about a mark, mole or lesion, you should ask your doctor to check it. Nevertheless, it is useful to know how the common skin lesions look like to be able to recognise them.

In this post, we explain all about the most common skin lesions (with pictures) and their main characteristics.

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Detection

How to keep a healthy skin in the summer | 5 tips

In most parts of Europe, people are currently enjoying plenty of sunshine as the summer is coming closer. But the sun hasn’t shown its full potential yet. So, how can you enjoy the heartfully warm days while keeping your skin healthy? Here are five tips on how to keep a healthy skin in the summer, without missing out on the pleasures of sunlight.

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Machine Learning Technology_
Skin cancer

How Machine Learning Technology Detects Skin Cancer

While you most likely don’t realize it, machine learning is often used in your daily life.  For example, when social media suggests tagging your friends in pictures because it recognizes them, or the spam filter on your email account removing unwanted emails. In healthcare, machine learning also takes its part in recognizing skin cancer. Machine learning has been used in hospitals for many years, but now you can use it yourself to track your health in the comfort of your home!

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Skin care routine

Is it safe to use sunscreen on a daily basis?

Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of skin cancer globally. Two-in-three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, and several awareness campaigns in that country try to educate people from a young age about the risk of skin cancer. One of the key points within those campaigns is the use of sunscreen (or suncream, as the Aussies like to call it) but it seems that this message is not coming through entirely. A new study shows that many Australians worry about safety.

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Skin cancer in dark skin
Skin cancer

Skin cancer in dark skin — here’s what you need to know

For many with dark skin, melanoma or skin cancer may seem like a far-off possibility, something that only happens to light-skinned people.  The reality is that skin cancer can occur in any skin type, and while it is less common for people with dark(er) skin, it is often deadlier as it is usually detected in the later stages. Read on for a look at the stats and what you should know about skin cancer in darker skin.

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White spots on the skin
White spots

White spots on the skin from sun exposure: are they dangerous?

After a long summer spent outside in the sun, you may notice new white spots on your skin. What do these spots mean? Are they dangerous? Should I be concerned? Most of the time, these white spots on the skin are a sign of sun damage. Skin cells that have been overexposed to UV rays from the sun will often stop producing melanin, creating areas of depigmentation, or white spots.

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Skin care routine

Busting three common skin care myths

While awareness of skin cancer and the risks of UV exposure is increasing worldwide, there are still many widespread myths around skin care and sun exposure that won’t seem to go away. With conflicting information online, it can sometimes be difficult to tease out what’s true from what’s false — that’s why we are addressing three of the most common skin care myths below.

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Skin cancer

Protecting minors from skin cancer – this is what you can do

Sadly the skin cancer rates have been steadily climbing all over the world for the past few decades now. Together with you, SkinVision has a mission to help bring these rates down and save a lot of people in the process. One of the most important things when it comes to the skin cancer problem, is awareness. The lack of awareness that is. Because if we all know how big this threat is and how we can avoid getting skin cancer, together we can fight it. This involves minors as well. When we are young we might not realize that we can already decrease the risk of getting skin cancer during our live time.

This means that we have to raise awareness for kids and at the same time take precautions for minors / teens to make sure they are not at risk. But how can you do this?

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Skin cancer

How Movember can be a powerful tool for skin cancer awareness

The month of Movember is upon us, and that means bands of men around the world will begin growing moustaches in an effort to support men’s health. The Movember movement started in 2003 when a group of friends in Australia decided to grow some moustaches for fun, and now it has expanded into a global event raising millions of dollars for men’s health issues every year. The goal is not only to gather donations but also to spark conversations around men’s health concerns that men typically ignore or put off. This helps bring valuable information regarding prevention and detection to light.

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Melanoma

Many melanoma patients see a doctor when it’s too late

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but if caught early, it’s highly treatable. Unfortunately, many studies find that patients are often diagnosed too late. Once cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, organs or bones, chances of survival drop significantly. That’s why early detection is key.

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Skin cancer

The importance of sun protection for builders and farmers

More time spent under the sun can pose a higher risk for damage to our skin. It is entirely unsurprising that an increasing amount of studies show the link between outdoor jobs and a higher incidence of skin cancer. Particularly at risk are farmers and construction workers who usually spend the majority of their days working unprotected under the sun. Let’s have a better look at the importance of sun protection for builders and farmers.

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Skin cancer

Sun exposure when pregnant — what’s important to know

When you’re pregnant, you’ll be aware of the long list of dos and don’ts to keep both mother and baby happy and healthy. So where does sun exposure stand on that list? How much is needed or should it be avoided altogether? We delve into these questions, looking at the link between sun exposure and pregnancy.

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Skin cancer

Where is skin cancer most common on the body?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occurring globally each year, according to the World Health Organization. Knowing where skin cancer normally appears and the warning signs can help you stay safe as early detection significantly increases chances of survival.

Learn about the most common forms of skin cancer below and where they usually show up on the body.

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