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Melanoma & Technology

March 31, 2014 | Categories: Diagnosis
Here at the MRF, we talk a lot about skin checks. The message is clear: if you see something that is different or changing, get it checked out.
 

Mission vs. Business

February 26, 2014 | Categories: Causes
I had coffee recently with a woman who has a family member with pediatric melanoma. “No one is doing anything about this,” she told me. No one has built a website for this group, no Facebook page exists for exchange of ideas and support, and no single source of information on this issue is available online. She spends hours every week talking with others like her, trying to answer their questions and offer some support and guidance. Her ask was simple—have the MRF help meet this need.
 

Guest Post: Running Against Melanoma

January 31, 2014 | Categories: Causes

The MRF's National Director of the Miles for Melanoma Program, Carolyn Edrington, shares her thoughts on charity running and the role it plays in making a difference in the fight against melanoma.

The New York Times & Cancer Survival

January 16, 2014 | Categories: Treatment

The MRF's Executive Director shares his thoughts on the recent controversy involving a New York Times' editor and his criticism of breast cancer patient Lisa Adams.

Guest Post: A Promise to My Daughter

January 6, 2014 | Categories: Prevention

Our Education Program Manager Shelby Moneer writes, “I'd always heard that 'everything changes when you have a baby.' While I expected that to be true, I never thought I would be impacted in so many ways by the presence of a little, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked baby girl named Ava."

Guest Post: Not Pretty? No Problem. Buy a Tan!

November 14, 2013 | Categories: Prevention

Our National Director of Volunteer Services, Mary Antonucci, writes: "How’s this for a business strategy— take the fact some women tend to suffer from low self-esteem, particularly when it comes to their appearance, find out when women are likely to be feeling the worst about themselves, then launch an advertising campaign for beauty products meant to make people feel more attractive during those times!"

Government Shutdown - Essential Personnel

October 3, 2013 | Categories: News

For the first time in 2 decades, the U.S. government has shut down. Media have focused a great deal of attention on the closure of national parks and restrictions to veterans’ benefits. In social media, the outrage over the National Zoo’s “Panda Cam” has run high. Yet, the impact this shutdown will have on the health of Americans, and particularly those with cancer, is largely being overlooked.

Guest Post: Pale Girl Tips for a Sun Safe School Year

September 11, 2013 | Categories: Prevention

Pale Girl SPEAKS' Hillary Fogelson shares tips for teaching important sunscreen habits in time for the new school year.

The Many Faces of Melanoma

March 26, 2013 | Categories: Treatment

We’ve heard the story before: a woman is treated successfully for her melanoma, only to have the cancer come back after ten years. How? Why? One explanation is something called “tumor heterogeneity.”

Expanding Knowledge

March 4, 2013 | Categories: Treatment

I recently met with a company called Delcath, which has a procedure designed to combat metastases to the liver. It works by infusing high doses of chemotherapy directly into the liver through the bloodstream. As the blood exits the liver, it is shunted outside the body and run through special filters that remove the majority of the toxic chemotherapy compound. The blood then goes back into the body’s general circulation.

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