What is melanoma?

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It develops in the skin’s pigment cells, known as melanocytes, and can spread via the blood and lymphatic system to distant organs like the lungs, liver and brain.

Melanoma Facts

Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world.


It is estimated 1300
Australians will die from
melanoma this year

30 mins

1 Australian is diagnosed
with melanoma every 30

Age 20-39

Melanoma is the most
common cancer affecting
Australians aged 20 to 39


If caught early 90% of
melanomas can be cured
by surgery

How to prevent melanoma

Overexposure to ultra violet (UV) light causes 95% of melanoma, so the best way to prevent melanoma is to protect your skin from the sun.

Checking your skin

Early detection of melanoma is key, as if caught early 90% of melanomas can be cured with surgery. Know your skin!