Melanoma Queensland rates stabilise with ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ message

Source: Herald Sun, November 2017

THE iconic “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign started in Queensland in the 1980s has begun to pay off, with new research revealing rates of melanoma in the Sunshine State are finally stabilising.

Despite retaining the dubious title of the world’s melanoma capital, landmark research released today will show diagnosed cases of the potentially deadly skin cancer are on the decline in people under the age of 40 in Queensland.

The study of invasive melanomas found between 1995 and 2014 showed the number of skin cancers identified in people aged 40 to 59 years had plateaued – meaning for the first time only cases in people aged over 60 were increasing.

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