Walk For Mela-No-More

Walk for Melanoma Research, Awareness and Early Detection this National Skin Cancer Action Week
Sunday 15 - Saturday 21 November 2020

Slap on a hat and sunscreen, lace up those walking shoes and start struttin’ this November. Whether you aim for 5km a day, 1 hour a day, or 100km for the week, customise the challenge to fit your lifestyle and set yourself a realistic goal.

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

2020 Research Grants have been awarded

The AMRF recently awarded the 2020 research projects. Quality applications were received from around the country to make a very competitive field.

We have been helping to save Australian lives since 2006

ACNC Registered Charity
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Did you know...

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PEOPLE DIE FROM
MELANOMA
IN AUSTRALIA
EVERY SINGLE
YEAR
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NEW CASES OF
MELANOMA
ARE DIAGNOSED
EVERY YEAR
IN AUSTRALIA
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MORE THAN 90% OF MELANOMA CASES CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED IF DETECTED EARLY
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
More than 90% of Melanoma cases can be successfully treated if detected early
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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Sunny, the AMRF's mascot

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
UV index: 0.4

UV index for Adelaide: 0.4 - LOW
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:17 am

Minimum recommended protection:

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Alice Springs
UV index: 8.0

UV index for Alice Springs: 8.0 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:17 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
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  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Brisbane
UV index: 4.7

UV index for Brisbane: 4.7 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:47 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
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Canberra
UV index: 7.6

UV index for Canberra: 7.6 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Darwin
UV index: 6.8

UV index for Darwin: 6.8 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:16 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Emerald
UV index: 10.9

UV index for Emerald: 10.9 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Gold Coast
UV index: 9.3

UV index for Gold Coast: 9.3 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Kingston
UV index: 6.2

UV index for Kingston: 6.2 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Melbourne
UV index: 8.1

UV index for Melbourne: 8.1 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Newcastle
UV index: 8.0

UV index for Newcastle: 8.0 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Perth
UV index: 3.8

UV index for Perth: 3.8 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 8:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Sydney
UV index: 7.2

UV index for Sydney: 7.2 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Townsville
UV index: 10.8

UV index for Townsville: 10.8 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10:46 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade

Click the indexes to view the minimum recommended protection

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

UV observations courtesy of ARPANSA
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