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When the UV index is low, sun protection is generally not needed unless outside for extended periods

UV observations courtesy of ARPANSA

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.


..... is to significantly contribute to the prevention and cure of melanoma in Australia.


..... is to raise funds to be directed towards the support of competitive research that will yield direct benefits to melanoma sufferers and towards community activities to reduce the incidence of melanoma through enhanced awareness and prevention.




1. To provide funding for improving care and treatment of people affected by malignant melanoma.

2. To provide funding for research in clinical and laboratory environments.

3. To promote translation of the information obtained from all avenues of related investigations.

4. To be a national leader in funding of research, education and training for melanoma cancer treatments.

5. To raise awareness of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation brand.

6. To increase the level of support and information available to all people affected by melanoma, by the provision of a freely accessible Support Nurse Service.


It is our hope that striving for these objectives will lead to:

  • a better understanding of the immune system,
  • a better understanding of how treatments work through the immune system,
  • the development and effective use of less-toxic melanoma treatments,
  • the development of more-effective melanoma vaccines,
  • reduced cost of treatments, and
  • translation of our sponsored research to other types of cancer.