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The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

RAFT

 

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We have made several donations to RAFT at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, totalling £63,000. This has been used to:

  • Set up a melanoma laboratory (£23,000)
  • Provide a solar simulator (£15,000)
  • Help  fund the work of Dr Rachel Haywood in to more effective sun screen creams (£25,000)

From: Amanda Bailey, director of fundraising & administration at RAFT:

You have made a difference!

RAFT has been able to make significant progress in creating UVA filters – now industry standard – thanks to the support of The Myfanwy Townsend Research Fund which not only helped pay for research staff, but also funded a laboratory and provided an essential solar stimulator.

For over a decade, researchers at RAFT pushed forward knowledge of skin cancer and how it can be more effectively prevented. The charity’s expertise in the field has been recognised worldwide and has even contributed to both EU and US legislation on sunscreen regarding ultraviolet A (UVA) damage.

RAFT’s research into skin cancer has brought about significant accomplishments which are making a difference today in people’s lives. We are so grateful for the support given to us by the MTMRF which has allowed this work to take place, says RAFT’s Chief Executive Leonor Stjepic. Our main research – and your generous funding – has been vindicated with the study into UVA light and the effect it has on DNA damage. Our testing techniques are now being used in the commercial sector.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible rays emitting from the sun – also generated from sun lamps and tanning beds – above visible light and below X-ray s in the electromagnetic spectrum. The rays are further broken down into three categories: UVA, UVB and UVC.

UVA Damage

Because UVB affects the outer layer of the skin and is primarily responsible for sunburn, sunscreen manufactures for years have concentrated their efforts on protecting the skin from these rays. UVA was thought to have only a minor effect on skin damage, but research at RAFT has proven that UVA actually penetrates into the skin much deeper than UVB and can cause more damage.

“Our main research, led by Dr Rachel Hayward, has been vindicated with the study into UVA light and the effect it has on DNA damage,” says Leonor. “Our testing techniques are now being used in the commercial sector.”

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible rays emitting from the sun – also generated from sun lamps and tanning beds – above visible light and below X-ray s in the electromagnetic spectrum. The rays are further broken down into three categories: UVA, UVB and UVC.

“Thanks to the data we produced highlighting the dangers of UV rays from tanning beds, laws were passed to ban those under 18-years-old from using sunbeds, and to also ban the use of unsupervised coin-operated sunbeds which made it easy for young people to use,” says Leonor.

For further information visit: http://www.raft.ac.uk/