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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.

Research

Our Focus

The AMRF is currently committed to funding research that meets the following criteria:

* investigating potential treatments for advanced melanoma that are:

* related to the human immune system (immunotherapy)

* low cost

* low toxicity

* for all patients

Current Sponsored Research Projects

1) Analysis of the recently completed EMOTIV Melanoma Vaccine Study.

2)  Immune Cycle Mathematical Analysis - a collaboration between faculties of the University of Adelaide that is delving into proposed cyclical behaviours of the human immune system.

3) Long Term Survival Analysis - ongoing surveillance/analysis of the survivors of the 2000-2010 VMCL trial.

4) Timing Effect of IL-2 Therapy of Melanoma in a Mouse Model (completed - awaiting publication)

5) Timing Effect of Higher Dose IL-2 Therapy of Melanoma in a Mouse Model (completed - undergoing statistical analysis)