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, Winter 2015)

First, some good news: fewer U.S. teens are using tanning beds. In 2013, 20 percent of high school girls reported visiting tanning beds, a drop from 25 percent in 2009, according to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Among high school boys, 5 percent reported using tanning beds in 2013, falling from nearly 7 percent in 2009.

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Research Grants

Since 1981, the Foundation has awarded over one million dollars to fund more than 100 projects. Read More