News and Events

Dermatology Research Review: First issue for 2016

29 February 2016

This recently published Dermatology Research Review offers a varied and interesting selection of the latest research from around the globe, including four melanoma-related publications

Inherited genetic markers may predict melanoma survival

26 February 2016

Researchers have discovered an inherited genetic marker that might provide clinicians with a personalised tool to gauge an individual's survival and determine which patients require closer monitoring in the years following surgery.

Call for support of parliamentary petition

23 February 2016

Organisers of a petition on the availability of the drug pembrolizumab in New Zealand invite members of the public, especially those affected by metastatic melanoma and their clinicians, to take part in its presentation to parliament on Tuesday 1 March 2016 at 12.30 pm.

Report of Melanoma Summit 2015

23 February 2016

A recent Expert Forum publication features a superb report of selected presentations and workshop outcomes from the Melanoma Summit 2015 hosted by MelNet and the Health Promotion Agency on 6-7 November 2015.

Positive attitude towards melanoma recognition among osteopaths

11 February 2016

UK and Australian osteopaths have a positive attitude towards melanoma recognition, according to the results of a study published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. The authors recommend that future research should evaluate reliability of melanoma recognition rates by osteopaths using the "ugly duckling sign" versus osteopaths using rule-based approaches.

Sunlight exposure: risks and benefits – a new NICE guideline for the UK

9 February 2016

A recently published NICE guideline for the UK addresses how to communicate the risks and benefits of natural sunlight exposure (specifically, the ultraviolet rays UVA and UVB) to help people understand why they may need to modify their behaviour to reduce their risk of skin cancer and vitamin D deficiency.

Canterbury programme improves skin cancer management

5 February 2016

A regional programme based at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury, has resulted in a greater number of skin cancers being treated by the public health system, a reduction in waiting times for treatment, and fewer minor skin lesions being referred to secondary care.

Poor practices in NZ sunbed industry

4 February 2016

Poor practices continue to exist among sunbed operators in New Zealand, according to the latest Consumer NZ mystery shopper survey. Based upon these results, Consumer NZ will be calling for a ban of sunbeds in New Zealand in its submission on Government proposals for industry regulation.