Make time stand still for someone with life-threatening Melanoma
Do you remember long hot summers spent with friends, swimming and sunbathing and not having a care in the world?
Those days were special for so many reasons; young and carefree, the world at our feet. It was a special era. But as we have become parents and now grandparents, our teenage sunburn and blisters, are returning as life-threatening melanomas, the most aggressive form of skin cancer.
At QIMR Berghofer, it’s of great concern to us that, as a result, this age-group has the fastest rising rates of melanoma.
Noel was born and bred in Rockhampton. A carefree teenager in the 50s and 60s. He was a typical Aussie lad, who grew up on a cattle property and followed the sun in summer at the beach, fishing and surfing. Most of his spare time was spent out in the sun. Even when he started work much of his time was spent outside. But that all caught up with Noel when he turned 60 and a suspicious looking spot on his shoulder turned out to be a melanoma.
You never put a hat on; sunburn was all part of it. When I found out my first spot was a melanoma I didn’t know what it was. I’d never heard of it before.
This was just the first of many. Noel now gets his skin checked every three months by a specialist and checks himself in between these times. At last count he’d had nine melanomas removed in 20 years.
Noel is one of the lucky ones, but it’s without doubt that the luckiest part of Noel’s life has been early detection of his melanomas. This one thing has afforded him precious time to enjoy his life to the full.
Unfortunately others are not so lucky. One person dies from melanoma in Australia every six hours and by the time we are 70 years old, two-thirds of us will have been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Melanoma is one of the most aggressive skin cancers. Melanomas become increasingly deadly the more they grow.
QIMR Berghofer is leading the way in skin cancer and melanoma research.
It’s a cancer that needs better understanding for better treatment. With rates of melanoma still rising in people over 50, the need for research funding to save lives has never been so critical.
Your gift today could help provide the key for long term survival for someone diagnosed with melanoma.
There are so many families touched by cancer who have lost someone they love. Someone they’ll be missing this Christmas. Thanks to your generosity, however, discoveries like this will change lives, so more people get to spend Christmas with the ones they love.
What a wonderful Christmas gift you could give this year: the gift of time.
Please don’t delay in sending in your special gift.