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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.


Are you passionate about the melanoma cause?

Would you like to become more involved in supporting AMRF activities?

Do you have a story that may inspire others to be sun-safe or get a skin check?

Perhaps your club or business is looking to support a charity or you want to hold a cake stall.

Or perhaps you'd like to quietly make a regular donation.   Whatever it is, we invite you to become a Friend of the Foundation.

Becoming our friend means you can help us in raising awareness and driving the prevention and cure of melanoma.  We can't do it without you.

Simply fill in our secure online form and tick the ways in which you're able to help.

Click here to become a Friend of the Foundation


By becoming a Friend of the Foundation, you will be the first to receive invitations to events, hear of our activities and may very rarely receive an invitation to assist us with an event.  We will also send you our quarterly email newsletter and other occasional correspondence. AMRF will not disclose any of your details to any other party.

Activities of our Friends

Pam H has been very proactive in her local community by setting up an AMRF stall in front of the local supermarket, at markets and car boot sales to name a few! Pam has on hand our educational brochures and melanoma rulers as well as having for sale sunscreen, hats, bandanas and wristbands. Pam has been able to really engage with everyone that has visited and supported her endeavours. Thank you Pam for your passion and commitment to our cause and for representing AMRF so professionally.


Angelica was part of our volunteer team at our 2016 Melanoma March and really enjoyed the experience and interacting with all of the participants. Melanoma March is our marquee fundraising event and we rely on wonderful volunteers like Angelica to contribute to the successful running of the day.


Tracey B has been a dynamo when it comes to holding her own fundraisers for AMRF.  Her activities have included a pie drive (pastry chef hubby Terry baking all the pies!), chocolate boxes in local businesses, a beer 'n' pizza night at the local pier, a cake stall at the Cairns hospital and collection tins in the wonderfully supportive businesses in Cairns. Thank you Tracy for all of your inspirational fundraising efforts.