Since our founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical community about skin cancer. We are committed to decreasing the incidence and mortality of the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.
What We Do
We provide you with the tools you need to prevent, detect and treat skin cancer. Our most crucial role is to help you understand the risks of skin cancer, show you what you can do to avoid the disease and teach you how to spot potential skin cancers at an early stage, when they are almost always curable.
How We Do It
We collaborate with our allies. Our physicians, donors and corporate partners, along with members of the media, help us develop and distribute our programs to those who need them most.
We Are the First Stop for Skin Cancer Education
Nearly 9 million people come to SkinCancer.org annually for the latest skin cancer information. Every day, our posters, brochures, newsletters and journals are shipped to medical offices, health clinics, schools and community centers across the country.
We take our responsibility as the leader in skin cancer patient education very seriously. We know that receiving a skin cancer diagnosis and navigating treatment options can be daunting. That’s why our editorial team works closely with our member dermatologists to break down confusing medical terminology so we can provide the public with helpful and digestible information.
We Connect Skin Cancer Patients and Support Meaningful Conversations
We reach thousands of people through our Sun & Skin News blog, where we delve deeper into lifestyle questions about proper sun protection and skin cancer detection and treatment. We facilitate a year-round conversation on our social channels, where our followers offer each other support and advice for dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis.
We’re Always On
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We Are Here for You
We place special emphasis on developing targeted, sensible recommendations that fit different people and lifestyles. Some of the programs we’re most proud of include: Destination: Healthy Skin, our mobile education and screening program; Sun Smart U, our youth education program; Go With Your Own Glow®, our anti-tanning PSA campaign and Heads Up!, an early detection education program for beauty professionals.
We Set the Standard for Sun Protection
The Seal of Recommendation, our flagship program, is an international symbol of safe and effective sun protection. You’ll find our Seal on many types of products, including sunscreens, hats, sunglasses, clothing, umbrellas, awnings and protective window film.
We Reach Around the Globe
Our international programs foster communication and learning opportunities for dermatologists around the world. Our biennial World Congress on Cancers of the Skin enables physicians from the international community to interact with distinguished international faculty and learn about breakthrough discoveries in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of skin cancer. The International Dermatological Exchange Program is an opportunity for our dermatologist members to travel abroad to share ideas and collaborate with local skin cancer experts.
We Support Research
With the help of our generous donors, The Skin Cancer Foundation has funded more than $1.6 million in research grants to date. These grants provide annual funding for research and clinical studies related to skin cancer.
We Provide Answers
Our member dermatologists also help educate those in the media, so they can report the information you need. When news breaks in the skin cancer space, the media look to us for answers. Year-round, our communications team coordinates interviews with newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, radio stations and TV shows, resulting in coverage that reaches many millions of people. Visit the Press Room.
We Champion for Change
From education programs and advocacy efforts to targeted awareness campaigns and strategic partnerships with those who share our mission, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to change behaviors so we can save lives.