Melanoma Institute Australia
(MIA) pioneers advances in melanoma research and treatment that are making a difference to the lives of patients today.
We are dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma through innovative, world-class research, treatment and education programs.
MIA is a national affiliated network of melanoma researchers and clinicians based in Sydney at the Poche Centre – the world’s largest melanoma research and treatment facility. It’s from here that our specialists pioneer new research, conduct clinical trials and develop new treatments and promote awareness of melanoma.
Our clinics treat 1,500 melanoma patients each year.
What causes melanoma?
The main preventable cause of melanoma is overexposure to UV radiation from the sun or things such as sunbeds. There are many risk factors that increase the chances of melanoma, including people with fair skin, a high mole count, family history and a pattern of sunburns throughout life, especially during childhood.
Importantly, melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin, even in areas that receive little or no sun exposure e.g. inside the mouth or on the soles of your feet.
Can melanoma be prevented?
The good news is that if detected early, melanoma can be effectively treated.
That’s why new moles or existing moles that have recently changed appearance must be checked by an experienced skin specialist. In fact, you should have a regular skin check at least once every 12 months to maximise the chances of picking up melanoma early
Melanoma is Australia’s national cancer
- Australia and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world.
- One person every six hours will die from melanoma in Australia.
- In Australia, 1 in 14 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with melanoma sometime in their life.
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