The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2013

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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window film, umbrellas, clothing, and laundry products that wash UV protection into clothing. Currently more than 80 brands representing hundreds of products carry the Seal nationally and internationally. GRASSROOTS PROGRAMS Free Screenings Across America The Foundation's Road to Healthy Skin Tour travels across the country in a customized RV to provide free skin cancer screenings and prevention information to the public. Since the Tour began in 2008, local volunteer dermatologists have examined more than 16,000 people, and our messages have reached millions more through press coverage. YOUTH EDUCATION Free Teachers' Resources The Foundation was the frst organization to introduce a skin cancer-focused youth education program in 1985. Since then, its efforts to raise awareness among young people have expanded. In 2012, the Foundation introduced Sun Smart U, a program which provides middle and high school teachers with the tools to educate students about skin cancer and encourage them to adopt sun protection behaviors. The downloadable curriculum incorporates interactive whiteboard technology and features an animated short, video testimonials, fun exercises, and a take-home activity to extend the message to parents. RESEARCH Funding is provided annually for research and clinical studies related to skin cancer. Since 1981, more than 150 research grants totaling more than $1.5 million have been awarded. ADVOCACY EFFORTS The Foundation supports federal and state level legislation that increases restrictions on indoor tanning. In addition to offering public support for these measures, the Foundation has mobilized its wide network of supporters and skin cancer survivors to lobby their congressional representatives through letter-writing campaigns and in-person meetings on the Foundation's behalf. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention The Skin Cancer Foundation serves as a core member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, a coordinating body that seeks to establish a national action agenda on skin cancer. Other core members include the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Melanoma Research Foundation. The Council has been very involved in advocacy efforts for melanoma research funding, and aims to secure $10 million for Department of Defense-funded melanoma research in the Fiscal 2014 Defense Appropriations bill. The Council also advocates for stricter tanning bed regulations at the federal level, and continues to urge the US Food and Drug Administration to reclassify tanning beds and ban their use by minors. INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH The Skin Cancer Foundation is committed to raising skin cancer awareness globally and has been a catalyst for the establishment of skin cancer organizations in many countries. Public education abroad is sponsored by the International Alliance Against Cancers of the Skin, representing 27 countries. Founded by Skin Cancer Foundation President Perry Robins, MD, the Alliance supports the Foundation's mission to implement prevention and detection programs for high-risk populations; disseminate vital information in many languages, and conduct and cosponsor national and international conferences for the medical profession. Since 1983, the Foundation's World Congress on Cancers of the Skin has taken its message around the world, providing an opportunity for physicians from numerous countries to exchange ideas on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer. The Fou nd at ion l au nc he d to bring lifesaving sun protection and skin cancer i n fo r m a t i o n t o t h e S p a n i s hspeaking population. Additionally, content has been translated into French, German, Greek, Italian, Por tuguese and Romanian. Many of the Foundation's printed educational materials are available in these languages as well. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP The Professional Membership program is comprised of more than 800 of the world's foremost dermatologists, Mohs surgeons, plastic surgeons and other medical professionals who have made a commitment to skin cancer education and prevention. The Dr. Rex and Johnnie Amonette Circle, formed in 2004 to mark the Foundation's 25th anniversary, is comprised of physician members who make a lifetime commitment of support to the Foundation. The Robins F und for the Advancement of Mohs Surgery will ensure that Mohs surgery will live on in perpetuity. Named for Mohs surgery pioneer and Skin Cancer Foundation founder Perry Robins, MD, the Fund is open to all dermatologists who have completed a one-year fellowship in Mohs surgery. CORPORATE PARTNERS The Sk i n Ca ncer Fou nd at ion's Corporate Council is comprised of companies that support the Foundation's mission of decreasing the incidence of skin cancer through public awareness. Corporate Council members support the Foundation's many education programs and initiatives, and are also eligible to apply for the Seal of Recommendation for individual sun protection products. The Skin Cancer Foundation has been honored with the American A c a d e my of D e r m a t ol o g y 's Excellence in Education Award and 16 Gold Triangle Awards for Community Service. 79

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