Your views on skin cancer

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Alliance is preparing a submission to the Inquiry into skin cancer in Australia: awareness, early diagnosis and management being conducted by the House of Representatives Health Committee, and seeks views on the matter from people in rural and remote areas.

Australia has the highest skin cancer incidence rate in the world, and melanoma is one of the top five diagnoses for cancer.

Let us know what can be done in rural communities or by healthcare professionals outside the cities to increase awareness about skin cancer, encourage early diagnosis and ensure that more people know about and get best practice treatment. nrha@ruralhealth.org.au

The inquiry follows the Committee’s June 2013 roundtable on skin cancer where a wide range of views were put forward by dermatologists, representatives of the Cancer Council Australia, Melanoma Patients Australia, Cancer Australia, pharmaceutical companies, the Department of Health and Ageing and the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Roundtable issues included the prevalence of skin cancer in Australia; patient and service provision costs; the effectiveness of prevention, screening and awareness-raising programs especially among young people; examples from overseas of best practice in treating patients; and difficulties in accessing appropriate services in rural and remote areas.

Submissions are due by Wednesday 12 March 2013.