MAFS, it is time for a reality check on solariums.
7 February 2020
Dear MAFS fans, we need to talk.
Who watched newly-wed Natasha last night rattling off her weekly ‘beauty’ routine to husband Mikey? ‘Botox, fillers, nails, hair…facials,massages, fat freezing, solarium…’
Please tell me I didn’t just hear ‘solarium’? Hearing a vibrant and educated 26 year old, with her life and world ahead of her, so casually mention her solarium use should have sent chills up your spine.
And this is why:
1. Solarium use greatly increases your risk of deadly melanoma – conclusive research on patients under 40 showed those who'd had more than 10 solarium visits in their life had up to a seven-times greater risk of developing melanoma.
2. Melanoma kills one Australian every five hours, and is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39 year old Ausssies.
3. Commercial solariums are illegal across Australia – Melanoma Institute Australia research was integral in them being banned due to the clear link between solarium use and melanoma.
Natasha didn’t detail where she uses the solarium, but odds are there was one backyard operator sitting on their couch last night breathing a big sigh of relief that their illegal underground commercial sunbed operation wasn’t outed on national television.
Natasha’s weekly ‘beauty’ routine has today been discussed, dissected and debated online, on social media and on radio, mainly for laughs. But this is a serious issue, a potentially deadly one in fact.
The research is clear that whatever type of solarium you're using, in a home or an illegal backyard commercial operation - none of them are safe.
At a time when families across Australia are preparing to take part in Melanoma March events in memory of loved ones they have lost to melanoma, it was confronting, but most of all sad, to see a young woman choosing to put her health at risk for a tan.
It is time all Australians took melanoma seriously, including reality TV shows that air such comments so flippantly. Surely the lives of young Australians are more valuable than that.
Matthew Browne - CEO, Melanoma Institute Australia
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.
We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.