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, and you can join us!
#GetNaked on Capitol Hill
As many as 90% of melanomas are thought to be UV-related. We know that early detection and prevention can save lives. Despite this, melanoma remains the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 25-30. Right now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only receives $2 million a year to fund their Skin Cancer Prevention Education Program. Tell Congress to increase funding for this important program by sending them a #GetNaked postcard. Remind them that education and prevention are key to stopping this disease.
"Dear Member of Congress:
Nearly 90% of melanomas are considered to be preventable, yet this dangerous form of skin cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30. Education about early detection and sun safety saves lives! Please support increased funding for the CDC's Skin Cancer Prevention Program.
For your free postcards, email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Key Issues
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)
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.