Melanoma Detection and Monitoring System
We are all at risk of from the harsh radiation of the sun and its damaging effects.
Australia and New Zealand currently have the highest incidence of skin melanoma in the world. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It arises form the pigment forming cells in the skin, and can spread throughout the body if undetected and untreated.
Most melanoma are linked to too much sun exposure. However they can be easily treated if diagnosed early enough. Polartechnics Limited (www.polartechnics.com.au) together with the Sydney Melanoma Unit and the CSIRO, have developed the SolarScan® monitoring system – an advanced skin imaging system – to assist in analysis and detecting even minute changes in a mole.
Sun protection and regular skin checks, particularly if you have fair skin, are the best form of protection against melanoma. Unfortunately some melanomas are difficult to detect. Many dark spots can be confused with melanomas, and some melanomas may appear to be quite harmless.
What to look for?
The skin on our bodies is constantly changing, but most harmless or benign moles do not change over a short period. Key features of malignant moles include:
- Changes in size
- Changes in shape
- Changes in color or pattern
- Bleeding or itching
Any of these features are cause for concern.