About Us

Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. The Foundation has always recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. Read Full Mission Statement.

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  • Education Efforts

    As an organization we strive to education the public and medical professionals about the dangers of skin cancer, prevention methods and sun protection.

  • Who We Are

    The Skin Cancer Foundation is comprised of distinguished physicians and laypeople dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer.

Dr. Perry Robins
Perry Robins, MD —
Skin Cancer Foundation President
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A Message from the President
(From Sun & Skin News, Fall 2015)

I still remember my patient’s distraught face when I broke the news. It was the mid-1960s, and I was a young dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at New York University Medical Center. I had just informed this elderly patient that she had skin cancer. When I told her it likely resulted from a lifetime of sun exposure, she was shocked. “Why wasn’t I told?” she lamented. “Why didn’t anyone tell us the sun isn’t good for you?”

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Research Grants

Since 1981, the Foundation has awarded over 1.5 million dollars to fund more than 150 projects. Read More