You are not alone

We get it. We know what it’s like living with the physical and emotional impacts of this disease. We are here to offer you support whether it be via telephone, email or face to face. Whilst we cannot offer medical advice, we can provide an understanding ear by people who have been through skin cancer and guide you with referrals should you need more assistance

Awareness

We are passionate about minimising the numbers of Tasmanians being affected by our most common cancer (note melanoma is our fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer but skin cancers as are whole are the most common)

We have two areas of focus:

    • raising awareness and preventative measures amongst 15-39 year olds where melanoma is the most commonly diagnosed cancer
    • encouraging Tasmanians, especially males over 55, to get to know their skin and get a skin check annually

We also attend many events across the state to spread the word about skin cancer

Advocacy

Skin Cancer Tasmania is a strong voice for those affected by skin cancer. We are locals who understand the geographical challenges that living on our island state brings and the fact that we do not have the same access to large, specialised centres that the larger cities enjoy.

We are passionate about being a patient voice in ensuring Tasmania receives equitable funding, access to treatment and that our medical staff have access to the latest information.

Skin Cancer Tasmania is part of the Australian Melanoma Consumer Alliance (AMCA) as well as the Global Coalition for Melanoma Advocacy.

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Skin Cancer Tasmania (incorporating Melanoma Tasmania) is a Tasmanian organisation formed by people who know what it’s like to have or look after someone with skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Tasmania is committed to:

  1. Providing support and counselling for Tasmanians and their families affected by skin cancer.
  2. Advocating for awareness, education and early intervention programmes within the community.
  3. Being a voice at a national level for Tasmanians who suffer from skin cancer. Skin Cancer Tasmania has a representative on the Australian Melanoma Consumer Alliance (AMCA) The AMCA is an alliance of individuals and organisations, all of which come from a consumer perspective wishing to help provide consumers view and related input into research, advocacy, prevention and the general care of patients with Melanoma.

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2020 Melanoma Skin Cancer Report

For a second year, Euromelanoma and the Global Coalition for Melanoma Patient Advocacy are partnering to run a global melanoma awareness campaign. By combining our resources, we hope to reach hundreds of millions of people in over 50 participating countries. This report is at the heart of that campaign. Its purpose is to show that…
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Government strengthens support for melanoma patients with breakthrough treatment expanded on PBS

The start of autumn will bring with it a new sense of hope for over 2,000 Australians with advanced melanoma, with the Australian Government expanding subsidised access to breakthrough melanoma treatment options on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from today. The start of autumn will bring with it a new sense of hope for over…
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Skin Cancer Tasmania 2019 Newsletter

What a year 2019 has been. Our team has again been behind the scenes (and in some cases at the forefront of) meetings, collaborations and events in order to raise awareness of melanoma and skin cancer in Tasmania. The year culminated in Melanoma Tasmania incorporating as Skin Cancer Tasmania in order to meet the needs…
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Immunotherapy treatment for Melanoma

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has produced 5 short videos for people about to start immunotherapy treatment for melanoma. The videos aim to assist people better understand immunotherapy, prepare for it and cope with its impact. They draw upon the professional experience of clinicians but also includes the perspectives of patients, families and carers who…
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Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 11 [Extreme]

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Tasmanias highland UV peaks in the extreme level tomorrow.
Shout out to Liawenee Police Station. We know youre used to freezing temperatures, but the UV is brutal up there. Take care!Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 9 [Very High]

Tasmania's highland UV peaks in the extreme level tomorrow.
Shout out to Liawenee Police Station. We know you're used to freezing temperatures, but the UV is brutal up there. Take care!

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 9 [Very High]
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Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 9 [Very High]

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Do self-skin examinations every month and keep the ABCDEFG rule in mind to look for melanoma
A= asymmetry, look for spots that are asymmetrical not round
B= border, look for spots with uneven borders
C= colour, look for spots with an unusual or uneven colour
D= diameter, look for spots that are larger than 7 mm
E= evolving, look for changes in shape, size, colour, texture
F = Firm, some nodular melanomas are hard to the touch and not soft and squishy like many moles
G = Growing, similar to evolving, if a mole is growing in size in a short space of time, GET IT CHECKED

Do self-skin examinations every month and keep the ABCDEFG rule in mind to look for melanoma

A= asymmetry, look for spots that are asymmetrical not round
B= border, look for spots with uneven borders
C= colour, look for spots with an unusual or uneven colour
D= diameter, look for spots that are larger than 7 mm
E= evolving, look for changes in shape, size, colour, texture
F = Firm, some nodular melanomas are hard to the touch and not soft and squishy like many moles
G = Growing, similar to evolving, if a mole is growing in size in a short space of time, GET IT CHECKED
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