Welcome to "Check Mate" - an initiative by the Hunter Melanoma Foundation (HMF) to create awareness about the importance of early detection of melanoma particularly for men.

Too many men are dying from melanoma in the Hunter. In fact over 50% of all melanoma deaths are men over 50 - a group comprising just 12% of the population! When you consider melanoma is one of the most curable of all cancers when detected early - this is a disturbing statistic. When melanoma is picked up early there is a 95%* cure rate, so it makes sense that if men get a simple skin check and catch melanoma before the damage is done, there is a good chance of reducing this appalling death rate. In a nutshell, the message from the Check Mate campaign is “a ten minute skin check could save your life”.

Nine years ago Paul Corbett lost his battle with melanoma at age 56. In 2002, following surgery to remove brain tumours, Paul courageously helped the HMF raise awareness about melanoma prevention and encouraged men to get get skin checks. It would seem the message needs to be driven home again. This time, Paul’s widow, Veronica - together with Lisa and Carole who were also widowed by melanoma - bravely talk about how the loss of their life partner affected them and their families. The campaign also features 52 year old Lawrie, who luckily caught his melanoma early and survived.

Veronica's Story

Lisa's Story

Carole's Story

Lawrie's Story

The Facts...

  • 1 in 2 melanoma deaths will be a male over 50*
  • 1 in 13 men in the Hunter will get a melanoma
  • 1 Australian dies from melanoma every 8 hours
  • Per capita, the Hunter Region has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world
  • When detected early melanoma has a 97%** cure rate
*Aged 50 to 85
** 5 year survival rate for melanomas <1mm thick

how to check your mate!...

A skin check only takes 10 minutes and could save you or your mates life. Check your skin every three months to see any changes early.

Check in a good light and include all your skin, your hair, soles of your feet and have a partner check your back and other hard to see areas.

See a change... see your doctor.

See your doctor within two weeks if you see:

  • a change in your spots
  • a new spot
  • a spot that looks different to the others around it.

Look for changes in your spots.

Do the “ABCD” self skin check:
A = Asymmetry of mole
B = Border irregular
C = Colour variation or change
D = Diameter of mole greater than 6mm

Share your story

Have you or perhaps your mate, partner, mother, father or loved one been faced with melanoma? Well, we want to hear from you.

Please fill out your details below, or email your details to info@hmf.org.au

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