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!

Key Asks

Department of Defense Funded Melanoma Research

  • $60 million for the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP), including melanoma research in the Defense Appropriations bill

Melanoma Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

  • Include melanoma-specific language within the National Cancer Institute section of the Committee Report accompanying the Fiscal 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill

Skin Cancer Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Provide $5 million for CDC’s skin cancer prevention and awareness activities in the Fiscal 2018 Labor HHS Appropriations bill

Ban on Minors Use of Tanning Beds

  • Encourage the Food and Drug Administration to finalize its proposed rule banning use of tanning beds by minors

  • Increase the number of states banning use of tanning beds by minors

Consensus Healthcare Reform Priniciples

  • Any reform measure must support a health care system that provides affordable, accessible, adequate and understandable health care coverage and preserves the coverage provided to millions through Medicare and Medicaid


Key Partnerships

The MRF works diligently with other patient advocacy groups and government at the local, state and federal levels to increase federal funding for melanoma research and skin cancer prevention programs through:

Learn more about the aspects of the MRF’s advocacy work and how you can become an MRF Advocate.