MRF's Advocacy Initiatives
Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 25-30. Despite this alarming fact, skin cancer--including melanoma--remains one of the most under-funded cancers researched. The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) acts as an advocate for the melanoma community to raise public awareness of this deadly cancer and the need for a cure, and you can join us!
The MRF works diligently with government at the local, state and federal levels to increase federal funding for melanoma research and skin cancer prevention programs through:
- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, including urging colleges and universities to commit to tan-free campuses.
- Defense Department's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), putting pressure on Congress to increase the amount of money available for melanoma and other rare cancers. Over the past few years, we have seen that pool of money grow from $15 million to $50 million!
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supporting an increase in funding for the CDC's Skin Cancer Prevention Education Initiative.
The MRF is also a member of the Public Access to Sunscreen Coalition (PASS), lobbying Congress to put pressure on the FDA to improve processes for approving sunscreen ingredients that have been safely used, and on the European Market for over 10 years.
Learn more about the aspects of the MRF’s advocacy work and how you can become an MRF Advocate and get involved in:
The MRF focuses on several key issues at the local and national levels, including tanning legislation, access to clinical trials, and funding for clinical research on melanoma.
Working with community, industry and government to raise awareness of the dangers of tanning and the importance of early detection of melanoma.