Melanoma Patients Australia

MPA is an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and representing those affected by melanoma. We provide many services to assist people on their journey with melanoma including: counselling, education, peer to peer connections and support groups both online, on the phone and face to face. Our vision is to reduce the impact of melanoma on all Australians.

Call or email us if you’d like to ask a question, get more information or receive support and counselling: 1300 88 44 50 or members@melanomapatients.org.au

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The Facts About Melanoma

  • Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer
  • More than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma in Australia in 2016 and more than 1600 are expected to die from advanced melanoma.
  • One person every six hours will die from melanoma in Australia
  • Melanoma makes up 2% of all skin cancers, but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths
  • If detected early more than 90% of melanoma cases can be successfully treated with surgery
  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) but incidence for people over 60 is also high and increasing
  • 1 in 17 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma before the age of 85
  • Most melanomas are caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.
  • Melanoma rates doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006 and continue to rise
  • Melanoma is projected to become the third most common cancer in Australia by the year 2020, replacing lung cancer, bowel cancer, breast and prostate cancer (AIHW incidence projections)
  • Recent treatment developments provide genuine hope for those with melanoma

How we can help you

Melanoma Patients Australia is here to help you. We are committed to providing patient-focused services for all Australians affected by melanoma. We provide information, guidance, support and assistance for family, friends and carers of those affected by melanoma. The services we provide include:

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Professional counselling

Free professional counselling to those affected by melanoma.

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Information

Providing expert information over the phone, via written materials and at our information forums.

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Peer to peer support

Connections and support via our groups, social media and telephone link ups, enabling those affected by melanoma to share experiences and insights.

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Representing

MPA provides an independent voice for the more than 12,500 people diagnosed with melanoma each year contributing to national panels and advisory boards.

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Advocating

MPA is committed to working with government, clinicians and industry to improve the lives and outcomes of those affected by melanoma.

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Research

Supporting research and clinical trials that offer the best options for melanoma patients.

Stay Connected

This March Melanoma Patients Australia Ltd is supporting Lymphoedema Awareness Month. Secondary lymphoedema is the most common type developing following damage to the lymphatic system. The damage may occur as a result of some cancer treatments including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups or with the progression of malignant disease. The onset of lymphoedema may be at any time. It may occur within months of the damage or it may appear years later.
We are also encouraging people who are living with lymphoedema to talk about their experiences, tell their GPs, practitioners, family and friends.
www.lymphoedema.org.au/about-lymphoedema/what-is-lymphoedema/
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We all struggle to sleep from time to time. Melanoma Patients Australia Ltd is sharing these tips on World Sleep Day to bring awareness to the issue of sleeplessness. Good Night #worldsleepday
worldsleepday.org/10-commandments-of-sleep-hygiene-for-adults
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Do you buy from these retailers Woolworths, Virgin Australia or Booktopia? Would you like them, plus thousands of other online stores to donate to MPA everytime you shop?
Please help Melanoma Patients Australia Ltd provide support, information and representation for all Australians affected by melanoma. We have partnered with Folo which is a global giving platform – a quick download automatically generates free donations to MPA when you shop at thousands of online stores. The contribution to MPA is paid by the retailer, which means that Folo will cost you absolutely nothing on top of what you already spend online.
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Contact us

Head Office:
Level 8, East Wing
Wesley Research Institute
451 Coronation Dve, Auchenflower QLD 4066
PO Box 1771
Toowong BC QLD 4066

Phone: 1300 884 450
Mail: info@melanomapatients.org.au

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