Published in Cancer Weekly, July 26th, 2005
Australians have the highest rate of melanoma in the world, with incidence levels up to four times higher than the U.S. and the U.K., and up to 10 times higher than most other countries.
While it is the third most common cancer in Australia, it has proved to be one of the most difficult to manage. It most commonly affects those in the 30- to 45-year age group - people in the prime of their life - yet standard cancer treatments are often ineffective.
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