We are a not for profit organisation that educates Australians in the prevention and early detection of Skin Cancer and Melanoma. We aim to reach as many people as possible through direct or media contact to encourage the use of sun protection and the importance of early detection of this insidious disease, which is vital.
Since loosing our daughter to melanoma in 2006, the foundation has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection at numerous outdoor and sporting events since 2007. The foundation organisors the annual MARCH for MELANOMA, which supports melanoma servivors, including an opportunity for family and friends to remember loved ones taken by this insidious disease. Our 4th march will be held at Waterfront City, Docklands on 13th March 2010, more information on our website www.emilysfoundation.org.au
With most of our funds going to Melanoma Research at Peter MacCallum, the foundation has also sponsored a special project, the “Melanoma Risk Calculator”. It will be officially launched in January and will help both medical practitioners and the general public to calculate their risk of developing melanoma depending on their individual risk factors and where you live. The information will be available on www.victorianmelanomaservices.org.au by January 2010. A similar risk calculator is already available on the Breast Cancer website.
MELANOMA IS THE FASTEST GROWING CANCER IN THE WORLD
- If skin cancer continues to increase at current rates, by 2020 more than 112,000, Victorians will develop skin cancer each year, with over 4,000 Victorians developing melanoma.
- Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer deaths per captor in the world, over 1,700 die from Skin Cancer each year, of which 1,400 are melanoma deaths.
- Melanoma has the highest death rate of all cancers between the ages of 15 and 44.
- Melanoma is the second biggest killer of young people in their 20's, second only to car accidents.
What we do:
- We regularly attend outdoor events around Melbourne to publicize the importance of sun protection.
- Use our ‘sun police' to distribute sunscreen samples and important information at various public events.
- Supply media with information and public figures including survivor stories
- Attend schools to educate children and teachers about the importance of skin protection and sun safety measures and introduce guest speakers (melanoma survivors).
- Work with media to publicize relevant issues (such as Clare Oliver's story)
Julia Morris, who is our patron, attends our annual MARCH for MELANOMA each year. Also our patron Brodie
Young a television personality and supporter of the foundation has been our MC for the past three years.
As Gandhi said, -“The future depends on what we do in the present”melanomore
Their CB number is 90245