MRF Blog

FDA Expands Approval of Ipilimumab For Pediatric Melanoma Patients

August 3, 2017 | Categories: News, Research, Treatment

Last week the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) to include pediatric patients ages 12 years and older with unresectable or metastatic melanoma. Yervoy, a monoclonal antibody that activates the immune system by blocking the CTLA-4 receptor, was first approved in 2011 to treat unresectable or metastatic melanoma in adults.

Indoor Tanning Association Ends Operations

August 2, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Prevention

Statement from the Melanoma Research Foundation

Update on the CURE OM Patient Registry

June 2, 2017 | Categories: News, Ocular Melanoma

“As a patient with choroidal melanoma with metastasis to liver, lymph node and brain, I want to share as much information as possible with other patients, researchers and clinical teams while I still can. They should have access to my story, my history, what has worked for me, what has not worked for me. We need to make headway in finding a cure so the next generation is not asking the same questions we are.

In Faith's Words: Connecting with the OM Community

May 8, 2017 | Categories: Events, Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories

My name is Faith Hauss and in February of 2015 I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in my left eye at the age of 42. As compared to other forms of cancer, and even the more common cutaneous (skin) melanoma, the outlook for those with this rare disease can feel devastating to say the least, with as many as of 50% of patients succumbing to the cancer.

Melanoma Awareness Month and a New Look for the MRF

May 1, 2017 | Categories: News

Dear Friends,

Today marks the beginning of Melanoma Awareness Month, a time for our community to come together to educate others and support melanoma survivors and patients. Starting today, you will notice a change to the MRF logo. The MRF board and staff felt that now, our 21st year, was the perfect opportunity to update our logo to better reflect who we are and where we are going as an organization. 

Take Action: Students Need Sunscreen at School

April 19, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Prevention

Yesterday, both the Today Show and NBC Nightly News broadcast stories about a disturbing prohibition of sunscreen in schools and the difficulty many parents have in ensuring their child is sun safe during the school day. 

#GetNaked in Times Square!

April 5, 2017 | Categories: Events, News

We are excited to announce that the MRF’s #GetNaked campaign for melanoma early detection is now being shared in one of the busiest locations in the world – Times Square! Located in the heart of New York City with over 300,000 visitors each day, this is an amazing opportunity to increase melanoma awareness and share the life-saving importance of early detection.

Take Action: Stop the NIH Budget Cuts

March 21, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Research

The newly proposed federal budget would cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which would be a crippling blow to the scientific community.

In Melissa's Words: Why I Support the MRF

March 8, 2017 | Categories: Causes, Events, Patient Stories

There are four words that no one can prepare you for in life.

When I was 31 years old I found a small lump on the left side of my neck. Two doctors and many friends and family told me it was nothing. My body and my mind were telling me otherwise. Unfortunately, I was right.

In J.B.'s Words: A Face of Mucosal Melanoma

January 27, 2017 | Categories: Patient Stories, Types of Melanoma

J.B. Ward is one of the 1% of melanoma patients with mucosal melanoma. She and the MRF have partnered to raise money for an educational video of mucosal melanoma patients to educate others about this extremely agressive cancer. Click here to learn more about and contribute to her efforts to help stop this especially deadly melanoma.

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