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Experts gather for National Melanoma Summit

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New Zealand and international experts in melanoma will gather in Wellington on Friday 5 April for a national melanoma summit.

With the theme ‘Connecting melanoma expertise in New Zealand’ Melanoma Summit New Zealand 2013 is an opportunity for those working in all areas of melanoma control to hear about recent developments, identify priorities for action and work more closely to reduce melanoma’s incidence and impact.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma skin cancer in the world, and over 300 people here die of melanoma each year.

It is the most commonly registered cancer in men aged 25-44 and the second most commonly registered cancer in women aged 25-44.

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun is the primary cause of most melanomas and the risk of developing melanoma is strongly related to a history of one or more sunburns in childhood or adolescence.

The National Melanoma Summit is hosted by MelNet - with support from the Health Promotion Agency and sponsorship from other key stakeholders, such as the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

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