In 2014, it is estimated that 6,500 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in Canada making skin cancer the most common type of cancer among Canadians (Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2014).
Melanoma can develop from or near a mole, or in tissue not different from surrounding skin.
Melanoma is most frequently found on the backs of men and on the backs and legs of women. However, melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, including the head and neck. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer (Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Encyclopedia).
For additional information about melanoma, please go to the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Encyclopedia.
Melanoma Research Alliance – The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is the largest private funder of melanoma research. The mission of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is to end suffering and death due to melanoma by collaborating with all stakeholders to accelerate powerful research, advance cures for all patients, and prevent more melanomas.
Euromelanoma – Euromelanoma exists to promote and share information on skin cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. We are led by a network of European dermatologists who generously give up their time to serve this cause.
Aim at Melanoma is an international organization based in the United States that focuses on melanoma research, education, awareness and legislation. The organization holds patient and caregiver symposiums across the US, but also publishes videos online to make the symposium accessible for everyone. Online, they offer a clinical trial matching service, a melanoma news registry, and a discussion board on Facebook for anyone who needs support or wishes to discuss melanoma issues.
3217 Bob O Link Court
Plano, TX 75093
United States of America
The Australian Melanoma Research Foundation is a not-for-profit charity organisation, established by a group of dedicated volunteers to provide funding for research into novel immune based treatments for melanoma. We also have a strong commitment to melanoma awareness and education within the community, as well as providing a support service to anybody affected by melanoma or seeking information regarding melanoma treatment.
Kim Thackray – Development Executive Assistant
Tel: 0409 260 602
GPO Box 4636 Sydney NSW 2001
Facebook: Australian Melanoma Research Foundation
The Melanoma International Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to providing scientifically-proven guidance about the treatment and care of melanoma patients globally. The Foundation offers various programs online and across the United States, and their website provides patient outreach and support by email, helpline or forum. Many of their programs concentrate on awareness and prevention.
250 Mapleflower Road
Glenmoore, PA 19343
United States of America
Melanoma Patients Australia was officially launched on 6 July 2006 by then Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, now Governor-General of Australia.
Melanoma Patients Australia continues to grow in strength and numbers and is now one of the largest melanoma patient advocacy groups in Australia. Melanoma Patients Australia is the only patient driven non profit organisation that offers a national network of support and information to patients, their families, carers, and friends, about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.
Melanoma Patients Australia
Level 8, East Wing – Wesley Research Institute
451 Coronation Dve, Auchenflower QLD 4066
PO Box 1771 Toowong BC QLD 4066
P: 1300 88 44 50
T: 07 3721 1770
Melanoma Institute Australia is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma through innovative, world-class research, treatment and education programs. Based in the Poche Centre, the world’s largest melanoma research and treatment centre, Melanoma Institute Australia is affiliated with The University of Sydney, St Vincents and Mater Health Sydney, The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Australian & New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG).
Melanoma Institute Australia relies on the generosity of individuals, organisations and government funding to continue its ground breaking work into this potentially devastating cancer.
The mission of Melanoma Institute Australia is to be the leading centre for melanoma research, clinical care and training in the world and to use this position to lessen the impact of melanoma on the community.
Melanoma Institute Australia is located in the Poche Centre at 40 Rocklands Road, North Sydney NSW 2060 opposite the Mater Hospital.
Postal Address: PO Box 1479, Crows Nest NSW 1585 Australia
T : +61 2 9911 7200
F: +61 2 9954 9290
The Melanoma Research Foundation’s main focus is to advance research. However, their website provides information about the causes and risks of melanoma, detection and screening, treatment, living with the disease, and a support portal with forums, profiles and a chat room that helps patients connect.
1411 K Street, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
The American Melanoma Foundation or AMF (originally known as the Merlin Foundation) was founded in Southern California in 1990 by a group of melanoma patients and their relatives who believed in the importance and ever-growing need for support of specific research for new treatment approaches in melanoma, one of the most serious of all cancers.
Since inception and through fundraising efforts, AMF has supported research for new treatments in melanoma. AMF expanded to successfully contributing to the general community with education and awareness programs as well as to the patient community through patient support groups, a critical need for patients with this disease and the unique issues they are facing.