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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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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.

Inaugural Ambassador

Glenda Thomson was honoured and overwhelmed when she was named the AMRF's inaugural ambassador at Melanoma March 2015 in Adelaide. The accolade is reward for her tireless efforts to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of melanoma.

Glenda's son Aaron Thomson was just 27 when he died from melanoma in 2011. After Aaron was diagnosed he made a video warning people about the dangers of melanoma, and the importance of acting on its signs and pursuing diagnosis. In the last months of his life he passionately worked to spread that message and now Glenda continues his work.

Glenda said promoting the video had helped her in the healing process. Since 2012 Glenda has travelled much of SA and interstate, using the video to increase awareness about men's health. She has conducted presentations to a variety of groups including netball and football clubs, from local to SANFL, and even the Crows and Port Power Clubs.

Mining sites have also been targeted along with rotary clubs, universities, hospitals, schools, forums and various other events.

Glenda has gained a lot of satisfaction from providing her presentations, particularly because quite a few melanomas have been diagnosed along the way.