The Australian Melanoma Genome Project – dedicated to identifying effective treatments for patients based on the genetic characteristics of individual melanomas – was launched by the minister for health and minister for medical research Jillian Skinner on August 24.
The NSW government has committed $500,000 toward the $5.5 million dollar initiative, which was put together by the Melanoma Institute Australia to "encourage greater knowledge and understanding about treatment of the disease".
"The NSW Government is committed to investing in high quality medical research and I am pleased to join the Commonwealth Government, Cancer Council NSW, the Cancer Institute NSW and a large number of private donors to support this important project," Mrs Skinner said.
"Sadly, melanoma is the most common cancer in young people aged 15 to 39 and though it represents only two per cent of all skin cancers in Australia, it is responsible for about 80 per cent of skin cancer-related deaths."
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