New York, NY (March 4, 2009) - The Skin Cancer Foundation is urging the public to reach out to Congress to request $10 million for melanoma research. Participants can click here to send a letter to their representatives before Friday, April 3rd.
Although the foundation, along with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, was successful in securing $4 million for melanoma research last year, "historically, funding for melanoma research has been disproportionately low," according to Perry Robins, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "The Skin Cancer Foundation is proud to launch our new advocacy system to make it easier for the public's voice to be heard. Together we can make a difference in the fight against skin cancer."
The public can now visit www.skincancer.org to send a personalized letter to their district representative. Participants will be asked to submit their zip code, making it fast and easy and ensuring that the letter is in the hands of the appropriate Congress person. All letters must be submitted by April 3rd for the request to be added to the Defense Appropriations Bill.
The foundation has a goal of securing at least 5,000 letters by the April 3rd deadline. One person dies every hour from melanoma. And while the death rates for other common cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate cancer are declining, death rates for melanoma have increased nearly 30% over the past 25 years.
About The Skin Cancer Foundation
Now celebrating its 30th year, The Skin Cancer Foundation is committed to educating the public and medical professionals about sun safety. As leaders in the fight against skin cancer, the Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of the world's most common cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research.