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Fast facts

  • Around 36 Australians are diagnosed with Melanoma every day.
  • Australia has one of the highest rates of Melanoma in the world.
  • Approx one person dies every 5 hours from Melanoma in Australia.
  • An estimated 545 Australian women will die from melanoma THIS YEAR.
  • Tanning beds emit dangerous UV rays, increasing the risk of Melanoma.
  • Severe sunburn during childhood can DOUBLE your risk of Melanoma.
  • Melanoma is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
  • An estimated 1230 Australian men will die from melanoma THIS YEAR.
  • Melanoma is the cancer most likely to affect 15-39 year olds.
  • Melanoma can arise in normal looking skin, a mole or freckle.
  • Melanoma, if detected/treated early, has a survival rate of nearly 100%.
  • There is no cure for melanoma that has spread throughout the body.

About Us

The Australian Melanoma Research Foundation is a not-for-profit charity organisation, established by a group of dedicated volunteers to provide funding for research into novel immune based treatments for melanoma.   We also have a strong commitment to melanoma awareness and education within the community, as well as providing a support service to anybody affected by melanoma or seeking information regarding melanoma treatment.

Melanoma Vaccine Trial

Enhancing melanoma outcomes using a timed immunotherapy vaccine

The AMRF is a major sponsor of the EMOTIV trial for patients with advanced melanoma, which is continuing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Eligibility: The study is for South Australian patients with advanced (Stage IV or III) melanoma, which cannot be removed by surgery.

Aims: To test a new approach to administering a melanoma vaccine, which had excellent results in a previous study, when it was given at regular intervals (18% complete response rate and 13% 5-year survival times). The vaccine doses will be either 'timed' or not-timed' with the patients own immune system fluctuations. The potential is to improve the effectiveness of the vaccine. The vaccine has virtually no side effects and early results of this study are remarkable.

Contact: If you are interested, would like to know if you are eligible for entry, or would like more information then please contact or call (08) 8222 4439

Note: Eligibility criteria apply



Click here to find out how you can contribute towards finding a cure

Melanoma March 2017

Melanoma March events will be taking place in 17 locations across Australia in 2017. Melanoma March is a fun community event where participants unite together and walk or march along a short course to raise awareness and funds for life-saving research.

By participating and raising funds, you will help us move closer to a cure for melanoma.

Get a team together, create your own online fundraising page and encourage your family and friends to donate. All funds raised go towards vital research to help thousands of Australians diagnosed with melanoma each year.

In recent years, funds raised through Melanoma March have gone towards research projects making ground-breaking discoveries that have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients.

We’re making progress, but we need your help to end melanoma, once and for all.

Click here to Register for your local march today!