News and Events

Introduction of new therapies for metastatic melanoma associated with significant mortality reduction in US

30 March 2020

According to this recent American study, the introduction of new therapies for metastatic melanoma was associated with a significant reduction in population-level mortality. It concludes that future research should focus on developing even more effective treatments, identifying biomarkers to select patients most likely to benefit, and renewing emphasis on public health approaches to reduce the number of patients with advanced disease.

Risk-based population stratification and more precise diagnostic tests likely to benefit early detection of melanoma

30 March 2020

A Melanoma Screening Summit in Brisbane, Australia concludes that research is needed to understand how to further optimise early detection of melanoma in Australia. Integrating risk-based population stratification and more precise diagnostic tests is likely to improve the balance of benefits and harms of opportunistic screening, pending assessment of cost-effectiveness. 

COVID-19: Information resources

19 March 2020

As part of the Ministry of Health’s information campaign around the COVID-19, the Health Promotion Agency has developed resources to help spread the message about simple, effective measures everyone can do to help protect themselves, their families and communities.

European interdisciplinary experts release guideline on invasive squamous cell carcinoma: epidemiology, diagnostics and prevention

19 March 2020

Multidisciplinary experts from the European Dermatology Forum (EDF), the European Association of Dermato-Oncology (EADO) and the European Organisation of Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) have recently updated recommendations on invasive cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) classification, diagnosis, risk stratification, staging and prevention, based on current literature, staging systems and expert consensus. 

Canberra study: Many sun-safe hats for sale not meeting standards

18 March 2020

This study investigated the availability of sun‐safe hats in a single large multi‐store shopping complex in Canberra, Australia. Of the 524 hats examined, 69 % of all commercially available hats for adults and children did not meet the standard. Further research is needed to investigate the possibility of whether sun‐safety hat standards should be given to retailers of hats for display, or whether manufacturers could be required to put warning labels on all hats that do not meet sun‐safety hat standards.

Incidence of melanoma in the United States decreasing in adolescents and young adults

18 March 2020

The objective of this recent study was to examine the incidence of melanoma in the United States and whether any age-specific differences are present. It concludes that the incidence of melanoma appeared to decrease in adolescents and young adults from 2006 to 2015, in contrast with increases in older populations, suggesting that public health efforts may be favorably influencing melanoma incidence in the United States.