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 MRF is a proud member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, and encourages everyone to participate in their annual Don't Fry Day campaign.

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:

Key Issues

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.

Special Initiatives

Working with community, industry and government to raise awareness of the dangers of tanning and the importance of early detection of melanoma.