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Discover the difference between a mole and a melanoma at ECU’s free public lecture

Thursday, 30 September 2010


The Office of Research and Innovation at ECU is hosting a free public lecture entitled; Can you tell the difference between a mole and a melanoma, presented by the ECU melanoma research group, on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 at the Perth Town Hall.

The aim of the lecture is to inform guests about the disease and the work ECU is doing to develop a blood test to detect the spread of melanoma in its early stages.

The lecture will be opened by Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Lyn Beazley AO, and will include special guest presentations from the head of the ECU melanoma research group, Associate Professor Mel Ziman; CEO of Melanoma WA, Mr Clinton Heal; National Health Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Professor Prue Hart and distinguished plastic surgeon, Associate Professor Robert Pearce.

Professor Ziman says research to date has shown that Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.

“It is the most common cancer in young people aged 15-39 and causes 80 per cent of skin cancer related deaths.

“If we can change the lives of even one person through the use of a blood test it would be a fantastic achievement, and the support of the Perth community goes a long way to ensuring this new research helps increase patient survival,” said Professor Ziman.

Can you tell the difference between a mole and a melanoma?

Date: Tuesday, 19 October
Time: 4.45pm to 6.00pm
Venue: Perth Town Hall, 601 - 609 Hay Street, Perth WA
RSVP: Please register attendance via the Corporate Events webpage

For more information, or to donate funds for the research please visit www.ecu.edu.au/melanoma

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