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.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR OWN SKIN?
Your skin is your largest organ. It is your first line of defense against damaging sunlight, unsafe chemicals, extreme temperatures, harmful bacteria and other bugs you encounter every minute of every day.
Yet most Australians don't even know that their skin is an organ. They don't know how important a role it plays in keeping their bodies healthy and looking well.
The effects of sun damage
The effects of sun damage on your skin and overall health can vary depending on the level of sun exposure you have had, your skin type, your age and a variety of other factors.
Sun damage can lead to cosmetic changes in your skin, such as premature aging, wrinkles and discolouration. It can also lead to more serious conditions, like skin cancer.
Some of the more common effects of sun damage in Australia include:
Premature aging of the skin
Sun damage to your skin can result in the development of fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration and textural changes. These cosmetic effects of sun damage can make your skin look prematurely aged and visibly damaged.
Fine lines and wrinkles
After years of sun exposure, the inner layers of the skin thicken and their ability to retain moisture is reduced. This can lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.These are particularly common around the eyes and mouths of middled-aged and older Australians.
A solarium tan is not a safe tan
Research shows that using a solarium increases your risk of skin cancer and contributes to the premature aging of your skin. People who use a solarium before the age of 35 have a 75 per cent greater risk of getting melanoma than those who don’t use solarium's.The findings of a recent Australian study indicate that the risk of melanoma increases with more frequent use.A more recent review suggested that the increased risk of melanoma could be as much as 98%.
Tanned skin is not healthy skin.
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.
How much VITAMIN D do I need?
The amount of UV exposure necessary to keep vitamin D levels at their optimum is contingent on:
If you can hitch up your trousers and expose those lily white legs, roll up your sleeves and spend just a few minutes a day in the sunshine — avoiding between the hours of 10 am and 3pm — it should help to boost your vitamin D levels. However, if you are dark-skinned you may find you need at least triple the amount of sunshine. More information.
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
EYE DAMAGE FROM THE SUN
Long term exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts, a clouding in the lens of the eye which obscures vision as well as short-term eye damage such as snow-blindness if the UVR intensity is sufficiently high.
Melanoma of the eye is cancer that occurs in various parts of the eye.
Melanoma is a very aggressive type of cancer that can spread rapidly.
Melanoma of the eye can affect several parts of the eye, including the: Read more
Guidelines for purchasing Sunglasses
In addition to the AS/NZS 1067:2003 label several other markings may be found on sunglasses. Sunglasses labeled “EPF 10” (Eye Protection Factor rating 10) actually exceed the requirements of AS/NZS 1067. Sunglasses may also be labeled “Absorbs 100% UVR”.
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 Solar Keratoses (Sunspots)
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