Australian invention the best skin cancer prevention

20 October 2016

Skin cancer is one of the top five cancers diagnosed in Australia, and our nation has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world – in 2016 it is estimated that over 13,000* Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer. It’s no surprise then, that Australians are world leaders in skin cancer research.

The amazing work conducted by researchers will be part of the global discussions that are set to take place at The Skin Cancer Foundation’s World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Sydney in 2018 (WCCS 2018). The congress will see 1,500 delegates attend over four days, and include local experts joined by international researchers to discuss new drugs and therapies for curing skin cancers.

Earlier this year, European experts at WCCS 2016 claimed that clothing, such as the burkini (originally developed in Australia), is currently the best means of protection against skin cancers.

“Clothing is the best protection against potentially fatal skin cancers such as melanoma or basal-cell carcinoma, and it’s something we have seen in practice for some time in Australia. Our surf life savers have been wearing protective clothing for decades, so it’s good to see that the research and the rest of the world are finally catching up,” said Professor Alan Cooper from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

Professor Cooper, a Business Events Sydney Ambassador, is a world leader in the field of dermatology and says in NSW skin cancer accounts for 81 per cent of all new diagnosed cancer cases. According to the NSW Health Department the disease costs the State A$215 million annually, and is a priority area for the department, along with the development of a skin cancer prevention strategy.

Professor Cooper worked with Business Events Sydney (BESydney) to secure WCCS 2018. Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney said, “The breakthroughs that will be announced and new collaborations that are sure to be ignited at the 2018 Sydney congress will change the lives of those affected by these indiscriminating cancers.

“The outcomes from this 2018 congress – from knowledge exchange, the sparking of new global research collaboration efforts and future investment opportunities – is core to why we bid for international conferences such as these.”

Diseases of the skin are one of Australia's major public health problems. Every day, dermatologists see patients with a wide range of conditions; some debilitating that profoundly affect self-esteem, the ability to socialise and to work.

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