‘Money for research is vital’: how we’re marching towards a goal of saving thousands of lives

Source: Sunshine Coast News, March 2022

We live in a country with the highest melanoma rate in the world.

One Australian is diagnosed with the deadly form of skin cancer every 30 minutes and 1300 Aussies die each year from it.

Melanoma is particularly dangerous because it develops in the skin’s pigment cells, known as melanocytes, and can spread via the blood and lymphatic system to organs like the lungs, liver and brain.

The good news is, if caught early, 90 per cent of melanomas can be cured by surgery and with new advances in treatment and technology, the five-year overall survival rate for advanced melanoma has increased from less than 10 per cent to greater than 50 per cent in the past decade.