Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
Funds raised through The Longest Day 2018 will be invested in a world-class skin cancer research project right here in Victoria, through Cancer Council Victoria’s Grants in Aid program.
Our Grants in Aid program is 100% donor-funded and supports ground-breaking cancer research teams in Victorian hospitals, universities and medical institutions to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Over two decades ago, less than half of people diagnosed with cancer in Victoria survived five years after their diagnosis.
The five-year survival rate has now increased to 68%, thanks to progress and breakthroughs in cancer treatments and diagnosis, none of which is possible without generous supporters.
Cancer Council has an international reputation for innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. Our mission is to prevent cancer, empower patients through providing information and support, and save lives.
As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of the Victorian community to continue our important work.
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Dermatoscopes for Victorian GP’s to better detect skin cancer
It is estimated that more than 1,900 Australians die each year from melanoma.
Early detection is crucial for skin cancer prevention, as most skin cancer can be successfully treated if it is found early. But without treatment, skin cancer can be deadly.
$200,000 of total funds raised through The Longest Day 2017 will be used to provide training and devices for Victorian GP’s to better detect skin cancer.
120 handheld skin microscopes called dermatoscopes that allow doctors to look more closely at skin lesions and supportive training will be provided to Victorian GP’s for the early detection of skin cancer, particularly in regional areas where there is a lack of dermatologists.
Doctors who have a dermatoscope and proper training will find more melanomas at an earlier stage with fewer excisions, which means more lives can be saved, there are less unnecessary procedures and people can access resources where they are most needed.
The provision of dermatoscopes and proper training will mean that everyone across Victoria can access cancer services, without the need of invasive treatment or a hospital visit.