I established the ECU Melanoma Research Foundation in 2007, firstly to raise awareness of melanoma in the community and secondly to raise much needed funds for melanoma research.
This research has been generously sponsored by private sponsors, the Cancer Council of WA, the NHMRC, the ARC, the Cancer Research Trust of WA and ECU.
Early diagnosis is key to improving survival rates for melanoma sufferers. If melanoma can be caught and removed before it spreads, the chance of a patient surviving is as high as 98 per cent. A reliable blood test could be used to screen at-risk patients annually, reducing the need for unnecessary surgical procedures.
Professor Mel Ziman
Director, ECU Melanoma Research Group
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