Fundraising

MRF Raffle NSW & QLD
First Prize: $15,000 Cash
Draw:  20th March 2020

MRF Raffle WA
First Prize: $15,000 Cash
Draw:  10th April 2020

The Melanoma Research Foundation aims to

Improve early diagnosis of melanoma and develop new treatments by funding leading Australian Research.

Raise awareness of the cause of melanoma among the general public and measures every Australian can take to protect themselves and their families.

Provide patient support services

the melanoma skin check

Watch out for the below signs and make an appointment with your Doctor immediately if you notice any of these changes.

  • • A change in skin colour - this could be a new spot, or a change in shape or size of a current spot
  • • A spot, sore or mole that doesn't heal, becomes painful or tender.
  • • A mole that becomes itchy or begins to bleed
  • • A spot, sore, mole or lump that looks shiny, waxy, smooth or pale
  • • A firm red lump that bleeds or appears crusty
  • • A flat, red spot that is rough, dry or scaly
  • • A black/dark spot or streak under a fingernail or toenail, that hasn't come from previous trauma to the nail

A good time to check your skin is after a bath or shower.  Use a mirror to help you see your moles - this will enable you to become more familiar with your skin and what your moles normally look like.

Checking for these signs is very important as melanoma can usually be cured if it is found at an early stage.

Most importantly, get a “base-line” check of your skin by a Doctor or specialist Dermatologist, so that future comparisons can be made and changes identified.

Melanoma can affect anyone, even those with dark skin complexion.

Melanoma research foundation

Melanoma is one of Australia’s most common cancers with over 14,000 new diagnoses per year.  In one out of ten patients, the melanoma diagnosis comes too late, as the melanoma has already spread throughout the body, drastically diminishing the chances of survival.

Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidence of melanoma, globally.  More young Australians (20-39 age group) die of melanoma than any other single cancer.