Foundation Goals

To accomplish our goal of controlling the spread of melanoma, the Foundation proposes several areas of action:

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  • Advocacy
    • Development of an overarching global melanoma website to educate patients and caregivers about all aspects of the disease.
    • Installing a melanoma hotline staffed by an oncology nurse and accessible both in the U.S. and internationally.
    • Enabling patients and caregivers to start support groups within their own communities.
    • Providing written materials that can be distributed through oncologists' offices to better help the patient/caregiver understand and cope with melanoma.

  • Research
    • Creation of a melanoma tissue bank consortium to provide fresh frozen primary tissue to bth academic and industry researchers.
    • A biannual international translational think tank, drawing upon a multitude of disciplines within the melanoma community, working in conjunction with industry, to look at innovative ways to fast forward research.
    • Establishment of Melanoma Centers of Excellence encompassing both scientific research and epidemiological research.

  • Federal Legislative Policy
    • Mandating sun safety education for the military and providing sun block at no charge.
    • Mandatory sun safety education for all federal outdoor workers, providing the appropriate personal protective equipment, and providing sun block at no charge.

  • State Legislative Policy
    • Stricter regulation of sun tanning salons concurrent with raising the minimum age and requiring in-person parental permission for all minors.
    • Mandatory sun safety education for grades K through 12;
    • Permitting children to bring and apply sun block at school without a doctor’s permission;
    • Permit children to bring and wear hats during outdoor activities;
    • Inclusion of skin exams on all school physical forms;
    • Construction of outdoor shade structures in all new school facilities;
    • Mandatory sun safety education for all state outdoor workers and the provision of the necessary personal protective equipment.
  • Federal Legislative Policy
    • Mandating sun safety education for the military and providing sun block at no charge.
    • Mandatory sun safety education for all federal outdoor workers, providing the appropriate personal protective equipment, and providing sun block at no charge.

  • Professional Practice Changes
    • Detection of skin lesion education for all primary care physicians in their first year of residency;
    • Use of mole mapping for high-risk patients; and
    • Insurance reimbursements for skin exams for high-risk patients.

  • Research
    • Creation of a melanoma tissue bank consortium.
    • Establishment of Melanoma Centers of Excellence encompassing both scientific research and epidemiological research.
    • Bring together interested groups such as dermatologists, oncologists, epidemiologists, and public health officials in order to assess the state of melanoma today and where we need to go from here.