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SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Well if you're out in the sun right now or heading to a pool or beach you may be feeling a little queasy at the topic but there is a lot of hope for anyone with a melanoma diagnosis.

The most important issue is early diagnosis and a lot of work is underway in scientific laboratories trying to find a cure, or at the least some way to "switch off" the cancer.

In a moment, we'll discuss that with one of Australia's top experts.

But first, to Bondi Beach.

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BEACH-GOER: We've got an umbrella and we mostly stay in the shade and my partner always keeps a shirt on. We both wear hats. Things like that. Yeah

My dad had quite a lot of skin cancers which is a lesson in itself, yes.

BEACH-GOER 2: I've got a hat on and sunscreen. I used to tan quite a lot and just in the last couple of years, I've really started to cut back and be more vigilant with sunscreen and sun smart sort of things.

BEACH-GOER 3: I've got two little girls, so we try and keep them covered up as much as we can, lots of sunscreen, big wide-brimmed hat, T-shirts on.

My mum, she's in her 60s now, but she used to bake herself as a teenager and yeah, she's had skin cancers cut off and, yeah, she's only now going, "I should not have done that back then", so yeah.

BEACH-GOER 4: I think generally, yeah, we're getting more and more aware as time goes on and I guess it probably needs to, people need to get a bit of a scare before they do.

But people are getting smarter. We're getting the facts, we're getting the information now, so people start taking the precautions.