Mission Statement

Since it was founded in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical community about skin cancer. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world's most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.

Worldwide, more than 13 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually. Each year in the U.S. there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Tragically, in the U.S. one person dies every hour of melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer.

Ninety percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, but the incidence of skin cancer can be dramatically reduced through education and behavior modification. That's why The Skin Cancer Foundation creates public awareness and educational programs that help people understand the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection and prompt, effective treatment.