Nowra’s Josh Drover was always cautious in the sun but that was not enough to prevent him from being diagnosed with melanoma.
Despite surgery, the cancer spread to the 32-year-old’s lymph nodes and lung and he is now part of a clinical trial for a new drug which is having some success.
“For now the trial seems to be working,” Mr Drover said. “Without the research that is being done I wouldn’t have received the treatment I’ve had.”
He said he was very grateful for the support he has received from the Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) since being diagnosed. “Sometimes you can feel a bit alone but the support I have had has been great.”
Mr Drover and his wife Michelle joined 300 people for the Wollongong Melanoma March on Sunday to honour those who have died, raise funds and support those battling the condition. Australia has 12,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year, killing more people between 20 and 34 years than any other cancer.