MRF's Advocacy Initiatives
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.
The MRF also 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) (read about the MRF's recent involvement in securing millions of dollars in funding for melanoma research)
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SunWise Program
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 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
The Messengers are the MRF’s Community Advocates for Awareness. By volunteering with the MRF as a Melanoma Messenger, you can spread the message about melanoma to your community. The MRF has several ways to get involved; click here to get started!