Time to screen for melanoma in Australia the most common cancer for Australians aged 15-39

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My name is Lucas Ridgway I’m a 41 year old husband and father of two and a stage 4 melanoma survivor. I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015 age 34 and I want to draw your attention to the fact there is currently no screening program for melanoma in this country.

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in young Australians aged 15-39 and will kill 1 Australian every 5 hours. Australia  along with New Zealand currently has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world and will kill over 1300 Australians each year. 

So why aren’t we giving young Australians the upper hand in combatting this disease which is arguably our national cancer?

This petition is aimed at making skin checks for young Australians leaving high school aged 17-18 mandatory and then further screening every 12 months after that to make sure melanoma has less of an impact and doesn’t continue to kill Australians.

We have some great prevention programs educating Australians on the impacts of skin cancer and melanoma in this country but we need to up the ante when it comes to detection.

We screen for bowel cancer when Australians turn 50 to lessen the impact bowel cancer has in this country so it’s time we did the same with melanoma along with bowel cancer one of the most common and deadliest cancers in Australia.