SAVING YOUR SKIN

Research | Awareness | Early Detection

The Australian Melanoma Research Foundation (AMRF) is a not-for-profit charity organisation established in 2006 by a group of dedicated volunteers to provide funding for research, awareness and early detection programs. 

AMRF also aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of melanoma, known as Australia’s national cancer, by conducting regular education and awareness programs and participating in community events. We have changed outcomes through free spot skin checks at these events

EOFY TAX APPEAL 2020 - THANK YOU

We wish to acknowledge all the donations received during May and June as part of our EOFY campaign, whereby promoting charitable giving with tax deductible donations are a win/win for all. 

We would also like to thank our regular donors who donate each year, as your continued support shows your confidence in us and the life changing work we are striving to achieve for everyone. Thank You.

We are and will remain grateful, are always humbled by your generosity and in particular your personal stories, this confirms to us that our mission to change outcomes now and for future generations is welcomed, supported and acknowledged by our donors and melanoma community.

Thank you from the AMRF
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We have been helping to save Australian lives since 2006

Did you know...

0
PEOPLE DIE FROM
MELANOMA
IN AUSTRALIA
EVERY SINGLE
YEAR
0
NEW CASES OF
MELANOMA
ARE DIAGNOSED
EVERY YEAR
IN AUSTRALIA
0 %
MELANOMA IS ALMOST
ONE HUNDRED PERCENT
CURABLE IF
DETECTED EARLY
AND TREATED
0 %
OF ALL SKIN
CANCER DEATHS
IN AUSTRALIA
ARE FROM
MELANOMA

Fast Facts

Did you know in Australia, 1 person dies from melanoma every 5 hours.

Melanoma is often referred to as ‘Australia’s National Cancer’. AMRF aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of melanoma in Australia.

Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world
Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Australians
Melanoma is almost 100% curable, if detected early and treated
Severe sunburn in childhood can double risk of melanoma
Each year in Australia, close to 15,000 new cases are diagnosed
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What is melanoma?

Melanoma is the most severe type of skin cancer. It begins in skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that make melanin, which gives the skin its colour. Melanin also protects the deeper layers of the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. When people spend time in the sun, the melanocytes produce more melanin and cause the skin to tan. 

What to look for

It is very important to check your skin regularly in order to detect any changes in the SIZE, COLOUR or SHAPE of a mole or skin lesion. An easy way to detect potentially harmful moles or lesions is by using the ABCDE guidlines.

Am I at risk?

Yes. In fact, everyone is at risk, as we are all exposed to the sun. Due to variations in skin types, some people are more at risk than others. Check your risk level below:

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Prevention

Your exposure to ultra violet (UV) light from the sun is one of the major risk factors for melanoma that you can control. 

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How you can help

Here are some ways you can participate with us:

  • Host a fundraiser
  • Become a regular donor
  • Make a bequest
  • Volunteer and become part of our life changing work

We support research

The AMRF supports research into melanoma, including prevention and treatment. We specifically support the next generation of melanoma researchers in Australia by providing grants to post-graduate students and early career researchers.

Dr Pablo Garcia Valtanen & Ms Samantha Watson
Cancer Research Institute, Uni of SA

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Adelaide
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Alice Springs
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UV index for Alice Springs: 0.1 - LOW
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UV index for Darwin: 0.5 - LOW
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UV index for Perth: 0.7 - LOW
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Minimum recommended protection:

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

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