SUF­FERER LAUNCHES THE MELANOMA MARCHES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

ROOF car­pen­ter and melanoma suf­ferer Brad Gray (34) says ev­ery­one has the tools to pro­tect against the sun.

“Sun­screen, hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts, trousers and reg­u­lar skins check are what you need,” Mr Gray said at the launch of the an­nual Melanoma-wa-run Melonoma Marches at the Cancer Well­ness Cen­tre, Cottes­loe.

Last year, Mr Gray was di­ag­nosed with third-stage metastatic melanoma with brain metas­tases.

He is now on treat­ment and has no cur­rent signs of the con­di­tion but re­mem­bers the mo­ment he was told he had skin cancer and how it changed his de­ci­sions about life, fam­ily and chil­dren.

“Pretty much the world fell out from un­der­neath me,” he said.

Mr Gray wore pre­ven­ta­tive cloth­ing and other mea­sures while work­ing out­side in the build­ing in­dus­try and said any­one who also had reg­u­lar checks could avoid his ex­pe­ri­ence of not get­ting an early warn­ing of skin cancer.

The Melanoma Marches con­sist of char­ity walks that fund cancer preven­tion and raise aware­ness of sun safety.

“A ma­jor com­po­nent of each event is that par­tic­i­pants are of­fered free skin checks at the Lions Cancer In­sti­tute mo­bile skin screen­ing fa­cil­ity on­site,” Melono­mawa founder Clin­ton Heal said.

“In 2016, the 152 skin checks done dur­ing Melanoma Marches found 42 sus­pect le­sions, in­clud­ing 20 that were life threat­en­ing.”

Last year, the marches raised about $40,000 for treat­ment and re­search into the dis­ease.

An April 2 march will be held on the Cottes­loe fore­shore to Swan­bourne and back, meet­ing at the Napier Street-ma­rine Pa­rade in­ter­sec­tion from 8am.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Melonoma WA founder Clin­ton Heal and suf­ferer Brad Gray are well pro­tected from the sun.

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