WHO IS MIA?
MIA is the world’s largest melanoma research and treatment facility that is dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma. Evolving from the Sydney Melanoma Unit in the early 1960s, MIA is a non-profit organisation helping to save lives every day by leading ground-breaking research and pioneering clinical trials. People are at the core of what we do. We understand patients; their families, researchers, practitioners and the community all play a role in beating melanoma.
CHANGING THE FUTURE
Australia has one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the world. Every year we see more than 1,600 new patients, as we develop landmark clinical trials and treatments. Collaborating with affiliate organisations and other research centres, here and around the globe, we share decades of expertise contributing to innovative medical care that is making a real difference to people living with melanoma. Through education we continue to raise awareness about sun safety and help prevent melanoma in future generations.
We rely on the incredible generosity of the community to continue our vital work. We’re very grateful for the help we receive. Ongoing support allows our research experts to continue their work. You can help us by donating, fundraising, volunteering or by taking part in community events such as Melanoma March and Move for Melanoma. Working together we can make melanoma a disease of the past.
For further information on MIA please visit: www.melanoma.org.au.
Did you know?
- More than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year
- More than 1,600 Australians die each year from melanoma
- 90% of melanomas can be successfully cured if detected early enough
- Recent research led by MIA has tripled the life expectancy of stage IV melanoma patients. Your support is crucial to our ongoing work
- Melanoma kills more young Australians (20-39 year olds) than any other single cancer
- Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) making up 20% of all their cancer cases
- Melanoma rates doubled in the 20 years from 1986–2006 and are still on the rise.
- In Australia, 1 in 14 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with melanoma sometime in their life.