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Australia has one of the highest incidences world wide of both non-melanoma skin cancer and malignant melanoma. For us Australian practitioners and researchers, that statistic is a formidable challenge; but it also presents a significant opportunity.

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Speaker Spotlight

This year’s World Congress on Cancers of the Skin features an exceptional lineup of speakers. We spoke with one of our featured speakers, Elizabeth King to gain some insight and get to know her better.

 Q: What are you talking about at WCCS 2018?
A: I am talking about the key themes from the NSW component of Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey, drawing on 5 waves of data from 2003-2016. I’ll include specific reference to sun protection attitudes, knowledge, beliefs and behaviours, with a focus on exploring gender differences, in light of NSW trends in melanoma incidence and mortality. In NSW men over 40 are two and half times more likely to die from melanoma than women of the same age.  Understanding trends in sun exposure attitudes and behaviours will form an important basis to broadening our strategic approach towards successfully engaging men in both our primary prevention and early
detection messages.

Q: From your perspective with regards to your topic/field, what would is the latest research/technique or challenge?
A: In my opinion, the greatest challenge facing the future of skin cancer in Australia is addressing the dissonance between the strength of evidence supporting the cost-effectiveness of primary prevention and the lack of committed and coordinated leadership in this area.

Q: Which other speaker or topic from the Congress Program are you interested in and or will attend?
A: The program looks fascinating. I am really interested in being updated on the effectiveness of new approaches to targeted therapies and tailored treatment options for people living with melanoma.

Q: What’s the craziest item on your bucket list?  
A: I love everything about Spain – the culture, language, food and fashion.  I would love to blend my lifelong ambition to walk the Camino with my interest in song and music, and see the countryside by day and enjoy food, culture and music by night.

Social Program

Renew old friendships and connect with prominent individuals within the industry at our social events designed around maximising your networking opportunity! Follow this link for more information.

Wednesday 15 August 
Welcome Reception – ICC Sydney

Thursday 16 August
Congress Dinner – Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf

Welcome from the Chair

 AlanDear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the Organising Committee and The Skin Cancer Foundation, I wish to extend an invitation to you and your networks to participate in the 17th World Congress on Cancers of the Skin 2018®, to be held in Sydney at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15 – 18 August 2018.

The “World Congress on Cancers of the Skin” has become a major interdisciplinary and influential Congress for clinicians and basic scientists working in the challenging fields of Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer. This exciting Congress endeavours to bring over 1,000 attendees together from across the world.

It is our pleasure to host the 2018 Congress in the newly revamped International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. We feel privileged and honoured that many of the world’s leading experts in the field will actively participate and inspire attendees.

As the organisers of this Congress we invite you to share with us days of scientific communication in the iconic city of Sydney, Australia. Sydney itself is Australia’s most spectacular city and is perched directly on the stunning Sydney Harbour. WCCS 2018 attendees will be able to travel by ferry to many of the scenic attractions of Sydney, including Manly Beach, Luna Park and the famous Taronga Zoo with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House a short stroll away.

We encourage you to save the dates in your calendar and register your expression of interest today, this way you can be kept up to date with the latest information and program news. We look forward to welcoming you to WCCS 2018 in Sydney Australia.

Yours sincerely,
Professor Alan Cooper OAM

National Congress Hosts – The Skin Hospital

The Skin Hospital is a not-for-profit benevolent organisation benefiting and treating those who suffer from diseases of the skin. Our specialists offer a full range of services for the diagnosis and management of all procedures, all performed by dermatologists and dermatology nurses. The Skin Hospital  is a registered educational institution, and with its association with the Australasian College of Dermatologists is committed to the training of dermatology registrars. We estimate that in the past 15 years, 95% of dermatologists admitted to Fellowship in NSW have spent at least one year of their training at The Skin Hospital.

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International Congress Hosts – The Skin Cancer Foundation 

Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organisation devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. The Foundation has always recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. 

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