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

At this time of year it's critical to spread the message about being sun smart but also about regularly checking your skin. MPA has prepared this Guide using the ABCDE signs.

You can help by:

1. Saving MPA's ABCDE image to your device or print it for the fridge. Just save it....these signs may save you one day.
2. Sharing MPA's ABCDE post with your family and friends.
3. Showing your support of MPA and the importance of early awareness by making a donation bit.ly/MPADonatenow before the 28th of February.

MPA needs your financial support. Your donation is what allows MPA to continue to provide free support to those affected by melanoma. MPA receives no government funding and relies solely on donations.

Donate today by one of the following options:
Phone on 1300 88 44 50
Via our secure website melanomapatients.org.au/#donate
Post to PO Box 1771, Toowong QLD 4066.

Your gift may be the support someone affected by melanoma needs right now.
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Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all's well. Looks worth with the dressing on then off. I swear! #WEARSUNSCREEN

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Thank you to the team at Brisbane GPY&R for your support in running this important campaign again this year. Melanoma is the most common cancer in 15-39 year-old Australians, and with your support, we're getting the message to them. #Melanoma #melanomalikesme #sunsmart #mpa
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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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