The foundation is dedicated to our daughter Emily and everyone who is touched by melanoma.
We are a non-for-profit organisation that educates Australians in the prevention and early detection of Skin Cancer, especially melanoma. We aim to reach as many people as possible through direct or media contact to encourage the use of sun protection and the importance of early detection of this insidious disease.
Since losing our daughter to melanoma in 2006, the foundation has worked tirelessly to promote awareness, early detection and prevention at numerous outdoor and sporting events. Our signature event MARCH for MELANOMA started in 2007 to be a bookend to summer. This event supports melanoma survivors also gives family and friends the opportunity to remember loved ones taken by this deadly cancer and at the same time promotes awareness.
SUPPORT THE VICTORIAN MELANOMA SERVICE
Join us at the upcoming charity Ball.
SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS
Thomas Lewis Mathias was an extremely talented young person and winter athlete. He tragically died of melanoma on the 6th January, 2009. He was 23 years old.
Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.
It's easy to associate winter with frostbite and windburn, but most people are unaware that UV rays can be every bit as damaging on the slopes as on the beach.
Higher altitude means increased risk of sun-induced skin damage, since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage.
Both snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness, so you have to take extra precautions. To protect your skin from the bitter cold, heavy winds and winter sun, follow these important sun protection tips: Read more
10 MYTHS ABOUT SUN PROTECTION
Founded by a group of 38 leading dermatologists in 1987. The foundation is a not-for-profit clinic which provides specialist treatment for a wide variety of skin diseases with an overall aim of skin health led by dermatologists that specialise in treatment, education and research.
Ride4aCure Horses of Hope
Promoting awareness in schools, supporting research at Peter Mac
i ski for Tommy
Thomas Lewis Mathias was an extremely talented young man and winter athlete. He tragically died of melanoma on the 6th January, 2009. He was 23 y.o.
* Clinical Trials * Support Groups * The Poche Centre.
Dedicated to awareness and education in Brisbane, Queensland
The Warwick Foundation- In my shoes
Supporting young adults with Cancer in Australia
Promoting SUN SAFE practices in the workplace.
LATEST MELANOMA NEWS
Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer
This year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting was in Chicago May 31 - June 4 2013. The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) team is energized by the progress reported during what more than one participant has dubbed “the Melanoma ASCO.”
The ASCO meeting is the premier annual meeting bringing together approximately 30,000 of the world’s clinicians, scientists, non-profits and companies focused on every aspect of oncology
In the days before ASCO, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new drugs for advanced, metastatic melanoma patients with activating mutations of BRAF. These two drugs from GlaxoSmithKline are known as dabrafenib (Tafinlar®) and trametinib (Mekinist®). This brings the number of new drugs approved for melanoma patients to a total of four over the last two years with ipilimumab (Yervoy®, ipi) and vemurafenib (Zelboraf®) approved in 2011 an exceptional number of drugs to be approved for a disease in a very compressed period of time, especially where so few options had previously been available.
The progress that has been made with melanoma In the past seven years since Emily's death has been very encouraging. There is still more work that lies ahead and we hope that in the not to distant future we will reach the day when no one suffers or dies from melanoma. Read more from MRA report
SUN EFFECTS BOOTH app
This app shows how your current behaviour in the sun can damage your face in the future. By downloading the app, you will see the potential aging and damage done to your skin. Read more
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS OF MELANOMA
Melanoma and other skin cancers generally develop because of too much exposure to UV radiation. Each time unprotected skin is exposed to the sun's UV radiation or other sources of UV radiation, such as solarium's, changes take place in the structure of the cells. Too much UV radiation causes the skin to become permanently damaged. The damage increases with each exposure. Repeated bouts of sunburn, particularly during childhood, greatly increase the chance of getting melanoma.
UNDERSTANDING SKIN CANCER
What are Sunspots?
Sunspots (solar keratoses, actinic keratoses) are premalignant skin lesions ie. may turn into skin cancer at a later time. They are caused by excessive long-term sun exposure. They are seen as relatively flat, scaly, and often red areas on sun-exposed skin. The sun exposure causing your sunspots may have occurred many years prior to their appearance. You don't need to have recent sun exposure to get sun spots!
Why do they need treatment?
While sunspots are not cancerous they can turn into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). While the potential for a single sunspot to turn cancerous is low, the more you have the more likely you are to get skin cancer. Once skin cancer has arisen from a sunspot the lesion usually requires surgical excision.
How are they treated?
The treatment involves only superficial destructive procedures. The most common treatment is cryotherapy. This therapy involves liquid nitrogen freezing which results in destruction of the top layer of your skin - the epidermis. There are also some creams which are effective in removing sunspots.
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Know you own skin
As Gandhi said:
“The future depends on what we do in the present"
Dear 16 year old Me
Imporant awareness video made in Canada.
MARCH for MELANOMA 2011 at Docklands Melbourne