The Skin Cancer Foundation Releases Latest Edition of Understanding Melanoma: What You Need to Know

Fifth edition includes thorough information
on life-extending treatment advances

New York, NY (August 18, 2015) – The Skin Cancer Foundation has released the fifth edition of its handbook, Understanding Melanoma: What You Need to Know. Written by Skin Cancer Foundation President and Founder Perry Robins, MD, and Skin Cancer Foundation Senior Vice President Maritza Perez, MD, this latest edition features nearly 100 pages of melanoma content, including an expanded chapter on the latest treatments.

Understanding Melanoma: What You Need to Know is geared towards melanoma patients and their families, health professionals and individuals wishing to learn more about the disease. The book, originally published in 1996, covers the four types of melanoma and their causes and risk factors. Information on melanoma diagnosis, staging, treatment options, prognosis, hereditary and genetic factors is also included, as well as guidelines for prevention.

An expanded chapter covering the latest information on life-extending immunotherapy and targeted therapy treatments is new to this edition. Specifically, the book addresses the recent FDA-approved treatments including ipilimubab (Yervoy®), pembrolizumab (Keytruda®), nivolumab (Opdivo®), vemurafenib (Zelboraf®), dabrafenib (Taflinar®) and trametinib (Mekinist™), which are helping patients with advanced-stage melanoma live longer than ever. The handbook also features an updated glossary defining the terms associated with melanoma and skin cancer.

Understanding Melanoma is required reading for anyone wanting to learn more about skin cancer in its most dangerous form,” said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. “We are glad to present this updated edition, which was written to be a useful resource to patients and medical professionals alike.”

The book has received praise from influential figures including Actor Tom Selleck and former ABC News Anchor Sam Donaldson.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and an estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed this year.

Understanding Melanoma: What You Need to Know is available for purchase through The Skin Cancer Foundation online store ( and It is available in paperback for $17.50 and as an e-book for $2.99. For more information on skin cancer, visit


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About the Authors

Perry Robins, MD, is the Founder and President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. He is Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and former Chief of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Robins has been honored for distinguished service by the four leading dermatologic societies and is chairman of skin cancer conferences in the US and around the world. He is the founder-president of the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, founder/former president of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and former president of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He has published extensively in major medical journals, authored 5 books, and is the Founder of the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Dr. Robins has been named an honorary member of 11 international dermatology societies.  

Maritza I. Perez, MD, Founder and Director of Advanced Dermaesthetics in New Canaan, CT, is Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Medical Center, Associate Director of Procedural Dermatology at Beth Israel Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. She is a recipient of the Dermatology Foundation Award and Fellowship and The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Joseph G. Gaumont Fellowship in Dermatologic Surgery with Dr. Perry Robins at New York University Medical Center, New York City. Dr. Perez is also a Senior Vice President of The Skin Cancer Foundation.

About The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit