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Global skin cancer conference to be held in Brisbane

CANCER experts from around the world will gather in Brisbane this November at the first-ever global skin cancer conference hosted by Cancer Council Queensland.

Global Controversies and Advances in Skin Cancer will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 21 to 24, during National Skin Cancer Action Week.

The conference will provide a forum for international, cutting-edge debate across prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and survivorship for all types of skin cancer.

GC-SC 2013 delegates will hear world class leaders in skin cancer discuss current controversies and advances in the disease, and how they impact everyday health disciplines.

Cancer Council Queensland is inviting researchers, public health practitioners, clinicians and related professionals to register by September 30 to make the most of the early-bird conference special.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said hosting the global conference was a huge win for Brisbane.

"Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world," Ms Clift said.

"It's fitting that Brisbane, a world leader in skin cancer prevention, early detection and research, would host a global conference of this scale.

"We look forward to welcoming national and international speakers and delegates to hear the very latest from world-class leaders in skin cancer.

"Vitamin D recommendations, debate about sun exposure, screening and early detection, the need for a skin cancer/melanoma vaccine, and information about DNA viruses and skin cancer are among the topics to be discussed.

"Health professionals will gain insight to inform daily practice, and benefit from debate about current controversies in the field of skin cancer."

Early bird registrations close 30 September. Health professionals can visit www.gc-sc.org for more information and to register.

Cancer Council Queensland will also host a free consumer forum on Sunday 24 November, inviting members of the public to hear the latest in skin cancer research, prevention, treatment and support.

The Global Controversies and Advances in Skin Cancer Conference [or GC-SC 2013] is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of major, business and regional events throughout the state.

More information about GCSC and the consumer forum are available at www.gc-sc.org.au.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au.

Topics:  cancer, skin cancer



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