Melanoma Focus, launched in October 2012 with the aim to get people talking about melanoma and raise as much money as possible to fund research projects that have a direct benefit for patients.

Through your support money raised from the Woburn Abbey triathlon will be used to fund a 12 month study involving five Edinburgh schools. Led by the University of Stirling, this project will focus on understanding how to improve the awareness among young people of the actions needed for the early detection of melanoma. Melanoma is the fifth most common teenage and young adult cancer in the UK, and the most common cancer among young females. With rates of Melanoma in young people continuing to rise, there is a pressing need to improve early detection rates. The earlier the diagnosis, the more positive the outcome tends to be.

Three factors support early detection:

  • awareness of signs and symptoms
  • skin self-examination 
  • communication about melanoma with family and friends

Gaining insights about how to deliver effective awareness messages to young people has vital implications for the detection of this deadly disease at a stage before it becomes too advanced for effective treatment. This study will contribute to our knowledge of the best way to achieve this outcome.

Melanoma Focus had a great team at The Woburn Abbey Triathlon all weekend to supporting and cheering participants round the course. If you would like to join their team in 2018 and set yourselves a brilliant challenge, or find out more information about the charity, contact Melanoma Focus.