Melanoma Institute Australia joins forces with Wollongong Wolves in the fight against melanoma
6 February 2017
The world’s largest melanoma-specific treatment and research facility, Melanoma Institute Australia, is joining forces with the Wollongong Wolves Football Club in the battle to reduce Australia’s melanoma rates.
CEO of Melanoma Institute Australia, Carole Renouf, announced the partnership at a function in Wollongong in support of Wolves’ legend David Cervinski who is battling melanoma.
Ms Renouf said the partnership between MIA and the Wollongong Wolves would help promote sun safe behaviour amongst Wolves’ players and also spread the life-saving message to family and fans.
“It is crucial that young Australians take steps now to protect their skin from sun damage,” Ms Renouf said. “Intense, intermittent sun exposure leading to sunburn, especially before puberty, significantly increases your risk of developing melanoma in the future.
“The real tragedy of melanoma is that it is largely preventable, so we are delighted to be working with the Wollongong Wolves from the grass roots level to change behaviour and save lives.”
CEO of Wollongong Wolves Football Club Chris Papakosmas said, “Partnering with Melanoma Institute Australia is one of the most important sponsorships for our club. Following on from David Cervinski’s recent battles we thought this was a great way to raise awareness.”
One Australian dies from melanoma every six hours. Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15-39 year-old Australians and the leading cause of cancer death in 20-39 year-olds. The incidence of melanoma in the over 60s is also high, a legacy of sun-damage from decades ago.
As part of the partnership, Melanoma Institute Australia’s logo will feature prominently on the 2017 jerseys of all Wollongong Wolves juniors. There will also be ongoing education, sun-safety and fundraising campaigns, including the Wolves involvement in MIA’s annual Melanoma March fundraising event at Wollongong’s Stuart Park on Sunday 12 March.
“This partnership is crucial in tackling melanoma head on,” said Ms Renouf. “We are delighted to be working with the Wollongong Wolves and together help end melanoma for future generations.”
Wolves’ fans can join the fight against melanoma by participating in Melanoma March Wollongong on Sunday 12 March. To register, go to www.melanomamarch.org.au
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."
‘We are extremely proud of our ongoing contribution to the global effort to save lives from melanoma, with Dr Silva’s prestigious award proof that we continue to lead the way,'
MIA's Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, has achieved a Google Scholar h-index of 100.
We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so when we had to cancel our physical events, we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still connect to honour loved ones and support each other.
A must-read personal account by Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald of how immunotherapy is revolutionising melanoma treatment.
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.