4,100 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
Hundreds of these people will die.
Living in the sunshine state, every Queenslander is at risk of getting skin cancer. Each year, more melanomas are diagnosed in Queensland than anywhere else in the world.
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Raphael knows firsthand the heartbreak this disease can cause.
His sister, Tess, died from melanoma at just 31 years old. Her daughter, Mabel, was just 10 months old. You can hear her story, as shared by her brother Raphael, in the video below.
Tess was a young teacher who loved her work and was newly married with a baby on the way. Suddenly she was diagnosed with advanced melanoma and had to make a heart-wrenching decision: save her own life, or the life of her unborn baby.
“I hope that, in the future, Mabel’s generation doesn’t have to see or experience someone passing from melanoma because there will be a better treatment or cure for it,” Raphael said.
“Mabel will always remember that she lost her mum to melanoma. But in her lifetime, it might be possible that she and others don’t have to live through the devastation that our family did.”
Your donation funds vital cancer research
Right now, there is no test to determine if a melanoma could spread and become fatal. This prevents doctors from being able to provide certain patients with more effective treatments that may save their life. Our real-world research leads to better prevention, detection and treatment of all cancers, and better support for Queenslanders affected by a cancer diagnosis.
Researchers are searching for biomarkers and other genetic patterns in tumour tissue that can predict whether an early-stage melanoma is likely to grow and spread. This information can help create a new blood test or biopsy that will allow doctors to understand each individual patient’s risk and set them on the best treatment path.
With your help, we can change the outcomes for people like Tess. As a supporter of Cancer Council Queensland, you share our vision of ensuring that no Queenslander navigates cancer alone. Your tax-time gift can bring hope to Queenslanders and their families by accelerating lifesaving research.
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