What We Do
We Hear You, and We Are Here for You
Since our founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has saved and improved lives. We empower people to take a proactive approach to daily sun protection and the early detection and treatment of skin cancer. Learn how you (yes, you!) influence our work.
Your 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 Science & Education team works closely with our member dermatologists to break down confusing medical terminology so we can provide you with helpful and digestible information.
Our redesigned website launched last summer to ease navigation and provide visitors with an improved user experience.
Sun & Skin News
On our Sun & Skin News blog, we delve deeper into your lifestyle questions about proper sun protection and skin cancer detection and treatment. Visit our blog for all that plus patient stories, celebrity interviews and advice from our experts.
We have learned that beyond the education we offer, people come to us because they want assurance that they are not alone in their skin cancer journey. That is why we have built a Facebook community of more than 60,000 skin cancer warriors and healthy skin champions. We facilitate a year-round conversation where our followers compare experiences and offer each other support. Your stories, comments and queries inform our work and push us to innovate and expand our programs.
Creating Community for You
Answering Your Questions
When news breaks in the skin cancer space, the media look to us for answers. Our member dermatologists also help educate those in the media, so they can report the information you need. Year-round, our Marketing Communications team coordinates interviews with newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, podcasts, radio stations and TV shows, resulting in coverage that reaches many millions of people. Check out our Press Room.
Your Healthy Skin Team
Our physician members, donors and corporate partners, along with members of the media, support our programs and help us deliver them to you. We’re incredibly grateful for our allies and their numerous contributions to our work. Become a member.
With the help of our generous donors, The Skin Cancer Foundation has funded more than $1.8 million in grants to date. Many young investigators have used their grants to launch studies that ultimately led to significant treatment advancements for patients. Learn more about our Research Grants program.
Reaching You With Our Lifesaving Messages
The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Experts in the News
SCF President Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, and SCF member Steven S. Greenbaum, MD, provided skin cancer prevention advice in the May 2019 issue of Philadelphia Style.
SCF Senior Vice President Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, discussed sunscreen options in the June 2019 issue of Health.
SCF Senior Vice President Maritza I. Perez, MD, offered sun protection tips in the August 2019 issue of Martha Stewart Living.
Programs That Meet Your Needs
Destination: Healthy Skin is our mobile community education program. Each summer our crew hits the road in our customized RV, retrofitted with two exam rooms. We travel around the country and work with local volunteer dermatologists to provide free full-body skin cancer screenings in the towns and cities we visit. We engage local media to create a community dialogue about the need for sun safety, regardless of activity or location. That’s why we host events in beach communities, mountain towns and urban, suburban and rural areas. Our message is simple: Anyone can get skin cancer, so everyone needs to protect themselves and understand the importance of detecting and treating skin cancer early, when it is usually curable.
Powerful Numbers in 2019
- 10,000 miles traveled
- 59 dermatologists volunteered their time and expertise to the program
- 1,827 free skin cancer screenings were provided
- 578 potential skin cancers and precancers were spotted
- 67% of participants said they wouldn’t have received a skin check otherwise
The Big See is our public service campaign, which empowers you to take a proactive approach to skin cancer detection. The Big See leverages the seriousness of cancer (the big C) while highlighting the unique characteristic of skin cancer, which is that we can actually see it.
Our new Robins Nest program provides guidance to help skin cancer patients and caregivers navigate the complexities in gaining access to health care. Our goal is to point you in the right direction and connect you with a carefully curated collection of internal and external resources.
Advocating for Your Health
Over the years, we’ve pushed local and national government to act on a variety of issues, including banning tanning beds, increasing the number of sunscreen ingredients available to Americans and allowing children to bring sunscreens and other sun protection methods to schools and camps to use as needed. The Foundation is a founding member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, a coalition of nonprofits and government organizations that collaborate on skin cancer prevention campaigns and advocacy initiatives.
Reaching Around the World for You
Our international programs, including the International Dermatological Exchange Program and the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin® foster communication and learning opportunities for dermatologists around the world. Physicians learn about breakthrough discoveries in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin cancer and implement this education in their patient care.
Giving You Peace of Mind
Our Seal of Recommendation is recognized by consumers worldwide as a symbol of safe and effective sun protection. When you see the Seal, you can be assured that the SCF is here to help you find the products that suit your needs, including clothing, hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, awnings, window film, glass and, of course, sunscreen.
Join Our Fight
You’ll be supporting our awareness and screening programs, research initiatives and educational materials. Donate.
Host a Fundraising Event
From 5k walk/runs and fashion shows to Facebook fundraisers, there are many ways you can organize a fun event for your community while raising money for The Skin Cancer Foundation. We have systems that make online fundraising a breeze, and our Development team is available to help make your event a success!
Pass It On
Use our programs to educate your family, friends and coworkers, and ask your dermatologist if they are a member of The Skin Cancer Foundation. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more.
We Won't Stop Working For You
The Skin Cancer Foundation was founded on the basic tenet that no one should die from this disease. Still, the U.S. loses 50 people to skin cancer every day, and we won’t stop until that number is zero. With your help, we will get there.