Being told that you have melanoma is highly disturbing news to receive. It is totally understandable that you and your family have lots of questions both in relation to your condition but also potential treatments and the associated side effects.
First and foremost it is important for you to talk to a specialist medical professional who can answer your medical questions and concerns directly so that you are not left with a vacuum of information which often adds to the suffering for you and your family.
Skin cancer foundations and charities that offer counselling and support to skin cancer and melanoma patients include the following:
Australia and New Zealand
Cancer Council - www.cancer.org.au
Melanoma Patients Australia - www.melanomapatients.org.au
Melanoma Institute Australia - www.melanoma.org.au
The Cancer Society (NZ) - www.cancernz.org.nz
Cancer Support Community - www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Melanoma International Foundation - www.melanomainternational.org
Melanoma Research Foundation - www.melanoma.org
The American Melanoma Foundation - www.myamf.org
Cancer Research UK - www.cancerresearchuk.org
Macmillan Cancer Support - www.macmillan.org.uk
Melanoma UK - www.melanomauk.org.uk
Melanoma Focus - www.melanomafocus.com
Solbari is the leading sun protective clothing brand in Australia with customers in over 70 countries. Solbari offers a range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, UV arm sleeves, broad brim sun hats and sun umbrellas.
Solbari supports a number of skin cancer charities and foundations which helps fund medical research, skin cancer and melanoma treatments and patient support.
The Solbari Team
Solbari does not endorse any of the organisations mentioned in this blog, it is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional
Australians love the great outdoors and our sunny skies make the Australian lifestyle one of the most envied in the world. Notwithstanding, the extensive “Slip Slop Slap” campaign, many Australians are still exposing themselves to the severity and dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
It's essential to check your skin regularly. Early detection of skin cancers is very important, especially for melanoma, as the survival rate is much greater when caught early. Research shows that it can sometimes be as little as a matter of months between when a melanoma is first detected to the point where it metastasises and becomes a lot more difficult to treat.