Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, is on a mission move us closer to a world without skin cancer. Her passion and commitment align directly with the Foundation’s work to save and improve lives.
In 2016, when Skin Cancer Foundation founder Dr. Perry Robins stepped down as president, Dr. Sarnoff was the natural choice for his successor. In her former role as senior vice president of the Foundation and a key contributor of educational material, she had written countless articles and other materials focused on skin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. She even took on the tremendous (seemingly impossible) feat to convince the stars of Jersey Shore to give up tanning.
And when her own hairstylist found a suspicious mole on Dr. Sarnoff’s scalp, the doctor took this experience to heart. She started Heads Up!, a program where member dermatologists teach stylists about skin cancer and its warning signs. This enables stylists to give a “heads up” if they see anything new, changing or unusual on clients’ heads or necks. For Dr. Sarnoff, educating people about the dangers of skin cancer and how to prevent it and detect it early isn’t just a job; it’s a mission.
When she became the president of the Foundation, Dr. Sarnoff sat down with the ASCO Post (a publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncology) to share her vision for advancing the Foundation’s objectives to prevent skin cancer; detect skin cancer early when it is most curable; and provide information about treatment options.