The inspiring story of Emma Betts premieres on Australian Story
16 April 2018
Emma Betts was only 22 years old when she learned that she had stage 4 melanoma. Emma shared her story with many by documenting her experience with melanoma on her blog Dear Melanoma. She sadly passed away at the age of 25 in April, 2017.
Australian Story's 'Dear Emma' is a tribute to the life and times of a young woman determined to raise awareness about melanoma. A true tear-jerker, the segment will explore how Emma and her husband Serge dealt with her heartbreak and how her parents Tamra and Leon, are continuing Emma’s legacy of encouraging others to contribute to life-saving research.
Although Emma was not a patient of Melanoma Institute Australia, she cared very deeply about people with melanoma and people at risk of melanoma around the country. She did everything she could to get the word out and raised a lot of funds for research at MIA - which reveals the complexity of the drivers of melanoma in younger people. It's not only about sun damage.
We're committed to weaving Emma's loving legacy into the work we'll be undertaking to draw attention to melanoma in young Australians and the research, treatment and education strategies we need to stop losing them to this disease.
Emma Betts started the national conversation about melanoma that Australia has to have. To continue Emma’s legacy, we need to keep that conversation going.
Researchers have demonstrated that immunotherapy is highly effective in treating a rare form of melanoma – a result that is surprising due to the nature of the tumour.
Innovation is helping to prevent melanoma developing in the first place.
Research from MIA is changing the way melanoma is managed worldwide and improving patient survival. Here are a few of our key highlights from this year.
A prestigious Fellowship has been awarded to fund research that will change the way melanoma treatment is assessed in the future.
New research from MIA has been published that forms the basis of the updated international guidelines for staging melanoma.
Professor William McCarthy AM has been awarded the Tom Reeve Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care.
Leading researchers from MIA have been acknowledged with three prestigious awards for excellence in melanoma research.
New research shows that patients who are more likely to respond to immunotherapy treatment have a greater diversity in their gut bacteria.
2018 will be bigger than ever, and a little bit different.
MIA's epidemiologist explains her new research on how country of residence should be considered when identifying melanoma risk.
Congratulations to our Conjoint Medical Directors, Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer, who have today been announced as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
New research shows potentially deadly UV damage can appear decades earlier than you think.
Early lymph node check is saving lives in melanoma patients
We are pleased to announce that A/Prof Anne Cust is the new President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association.
More than $3.5 million in competitive funding grants have been awarded to MIA's researchers.
The ESMO conference provided a platform for announcing a number of key melanoma research findings - including practice-changing research from MIA.
Australian researchers have successfully trialled a combination of new treatments to prevent melanoma from spreading to distant organs.
A new treatment that combines an antibody with a cancer-killing virus improves outcomes for patients with advanced melanoma, an international clinical trial has shown.
It feels like groundhog day - another reality TV show, another batch of blatantly sunburnt contestants.