Please support my fundraising efforts for the Melanoma Research Foundation!
The cure for melanoma begins with me.
Ocular melanoma (“OM” for short) is a cancer of the eye diagnosed in approximately 2,000 adults annually in the United States. This equates to about 5 - 6 cases per million people per year and, for people over 50 years old, the incidence rate increases to around 21 per million per year. Approximately 50% of patients with OM will develop metastases by 10 to 15 years after diagnosis (a small percentage of people will develop metastases even later i.e. 20-25 years after their initial diagnosis). This year, I became a patient with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. Metastatic disease is universally fatal. This 50% mortality rate is unchanged despite treatment advances in treating the primary eye tumor. More research is needed urgently to improve patient outcomes.
Miles for Melanoma is the way people come together to take action and help support this fight and the mission of the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Every step matters and every step counts. Significant advancement has been made in the past few years in improved detection, new drug treatments and better survival rates. This progress has been built on the breakthroughs made fighting other types of cancers, as well as the existing foundation of melanoma research.
There is more to be done and a long way to go, but the finish line is in sight. The energy, enthusiasm and encouragement from patients, survivors, families, friends, caregivers, and the medical community impacts many lives and many future.
Step up and donate to Miles for Melanoma today.
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