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.
PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR SUMMER
Summer is approaching and this generally means more wear and tear on our skin as we shed our cardigans and coats for singlets and t-shirts. So, what can we do to give our skin a boost before the summer season? Eat!
Foods with healing properties, ranging from vitamins and minerals to fatty acids and antioxidants, are a great way to promote healing and improve our skin without lathering on expensive creams.
"The skin is considered the outside indicator of inside health"
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
New drugs give hope to melanoma patients:
Melanoma skin cancer patients have been offered hope with the release of a study that shows breakthrough immunotherapy drugs could prolong survival for up to 10 years.
Experts say a new generation of drugs that aim to trigger the immune system to fight cancer could provide an effective treatment for advanced melanoma. Find out more
Building bridges to Conquer Cancer:
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.
SUN PROTECTION fashion top
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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