Melanoma is something all Australians should be aware of, as every 5 hours a person dies from this devastating type of skin cancer. It is highly likely that either you, or someone you care about will be faced with melanoma in your lifetime. March is the time to learn more about melanoma, and one campaign which is helping to raise both money and increase awareness is the Melanoma March.
With fundraising events throughout the country, it is easy for you to get involved with this great cause. Why not join the thousands of people in Australia who will be walking for melanoma?!
Melanoma March is a nationwide event which has been running for eight years, and in 2018 there were over 7000 participants. This year, they are trying to beat their attendance record, so get involved and raise money for this worthy cause. For 2019 it has been predicted that approximately 1800 people will die from melanoma, and 14000 will be diagnosed with the disease. Research is desperately needed to help find a cure, and every dollar from the march will help. Donations are now open and there is a target of 1 million dollars. Can they reach their goal?
In Western Australia the Melanoma March is supported by the Melanoma Institute Australia and the not for profit organisation, MelanomaWA. There are currently two locations for you to participate and both events are family friendly. You can find the Melanoma March in Bunbury on the 17th March 2019, registration is open from 8:20 am. Keep an eye out as further details will be provided on their website closer to the time.
Alternatively, on the 31st March 2019 at Cottesloe Beach in Perth registration is open from 7:30 am. This is set to be a fun filled morning, and there will be entertainment offered afterwards. The walk will span 5km and will be a great way to start the day!
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which spreads quickly, and if left untreated can have life threatening consequences. It can appear as a new mole, or mutate an existing one. When caught early, melanoma has a high cure rate and for this reason we recommend regular skin and mole checks. Our harsh sun is one of the major causes, and being smart outdoors will help keep your skin safe. This means the old slip (on a shirt), slop (on some sunscreen), slap (on a hat), seek (shade) and slide (on sunglasses) is more relevant than ever. If you would like to find out more about this skin cancer, please read our list of frequently asked melanoma questions
Taking the time to march and raise money will contribute to valuable research. Increasing awareness is one way to reduce the incidence of melanoma in Australia. This starts with talking to your friends and family and encouraging them to get their skin checked. It could just save their life!
If you would like to register for a Melanoma March event near you or to learn more about the cause, please visit the website at https://melanomamarch.org.au/
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