Melanoma research backed at VMS
isft. is proud to announce the allocation of funds towards two exciting research projects with the Victorian Melanoma Service.
Research is a key weapon in the fight against melanoma. We already know that in Australia melanoma kills more young people aged 20-34 than any other cancer, more than 11000 cases are diagnosed in as every year and that it led to 1279 deaths in 2007. However, if identified at an early stage there is an excellent chance of cure (around 87%).
The difficulty comes detecting the disease at an early stage. We know that melanomas often present as moles that have changed in appearance. However there is a group of very aggressive melanomas that spread much more quickly and cause more deaths. One project will look at finding differences in appearance between these aggressive melanomas and regular melanomas so that the aggressive ones can be detected earlier.
The other project will look at patients who are found to have more than one melanoma at their initial presentation.
isft. Has also contributed a further 3 dermoscopes to the Victorian Melanoma Service.
These research projects are funded exclusively by isft. to a combined value of $50 000 and represent an exciting step in helping the fight against the the disease which took Tommy’s life. We would like to sincerely thank all of you who have supported isft. over the past 2.5 years and in particular Nuttelex.
Watch this space for more information and see you at the 2012 Gala!