- Skin anatomy
- Prevention and treatment of skin cancer
- Melanoma and Mental Health
- Patient experience
- Useful resources
Anatomy of the skin
|Human skin is considered to be the largest organ of the body. The surface area of the skin on an average adult is 1.8 m2, and represents 16% of the total body weight. The thickness of the skin varies throughout the body.|
For more information, see Anatomy of the Skin
Skin colour and melanin pigmentation
|A person’s skin colour is based on the amount of a pigment called melanin contained in their skin. People inherit their skin colour from their parents, however the amount of sun exposure they get also influences the amount of melanin their skin produces and their skin colour. Which skin type are you?|
For more information, see Skin Colour.
Staging for melanoma
|Melanoma staging is a system for classifying skin cancers according to their severity and is based on the size of the tumour and the extent to which is has spread. This information helps doctors determine the best way to treat skin cancer.|
For more information, see Melanoma Staging.
Malignant skin melanoma
For more information, see Malignant Skin Melanoma.
Video: Treatment for melanoma
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Video: Melanoma prevention and skin checks
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Skin Checks and Skin Clinics
For more information, see Skin Checks and Skin Clinics.
Identifying a suspicious mole
For more information, see Identifying a suspicious mole.
|Skin biopsy is a simple procedure which a general practitioner may perform to diagnose melanoma. A sample of skin is removed and sent to a laboratory for testing.|
For more information, see Skin Biopsy.
Preventing Skin Cancer
|When it comes to preventing sun cancer it’s important to slip, slop and slap. But in a sunburnt country like Australia there’s a bit more too it. Find out all about how to enjoy the Australian sun without increasing your risk of skin cancer.|
For more information, see Preventing Skin Cancer.
Immunotherapy for Cutaneous Melanoma
|Immunotherapies stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells. Several are used in the treatment of cutaneous melanoma.|
Find out about Immunotherapies for Cutaneous Melanoma.
Melanoma and Mental Health
Mental Health effects of Melanoma
|Being diagnosed with melanoma can be shocking and scary. Treatment may cause relationship and body changes and pain and involve practical and financial challenges which affect mental health.|
Read more about the Mental Health effects of Melanoma.
Managing mental health in melanoma
Read more about Managing Mental Health in Melanoma.
My experience: Larry gives us the skinny on skin cancer
|Life is hectic and checking for melanoma might not be top of your priorities at the moment, but after reading Larry’s story, you might want to get your partner, a mate or a Mum to check out your birthday suit.|
For more information see Melanoma: Larry gives us the skinny on skin cancer.
Reputable melanoma information resources
|Evidence based information about melanoma is produced by Australian Cancer Councils and other organisations.|
View reputable melanoma information brochures and resources.