Contact Your Policymakers Today!

Make your voice heard and raise the public profile of the MRF and melanoma by empowering others to take action on the issues that matter! 

Make it personal

Help change the landscape for melanoma by personally telling your Congressional delegation how they can combat the fastest growing cancer in the United States.

  1. Familiarize yourself with Advocacy using the advocacy Toolkit below, courtesy of our partners at Bristol-Myers Squibb
  2. Find the name and contact information for your Senators and Representatives and send them a letter . Or, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected with your congressional offices
  3. Tell them why melanoma research and prevention efforts are important to you and ask them to support our key asks
  4. Grassroots Advocacy Tool Kit - Courtesy of BMS

 

Federal Priorities:

  • DoD-Funded Melanoma Research - Support $60 million for DoD funded melanoma research in the Fiscal 2019 Defense Appropriations bill AND support continued funding for DoD's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) in Fiscal 2019 Defense Appropriations bill
  • National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute-funded Melanoma Research - Support inclusion of Melanoma-specific language under NCI in Fiscal 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill AND support $32 billion for NIH in Fiscal 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Skin Cancer Prevention Activities - Support $5 million for CDC's Skin Cancer Prevention activities in Fiscal 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill
  • Tanning and Food and Drug Administration's Regulation of Tanning Beds - Support for the FDA's proposed restriction on indoor tanning devices by minors under the age of 18
  • Consensus Healthcare Reform Principles - Any reform measure must support a healthcare system that provides affordable, accessible, adequate and understandable healthcare coverage and preserves the coverage provided to millions through Medicare and Medicaid

State Priorities:

The MRF supports state-level legislation that protects minors from excess exposure to UV radiation that could lead to dangerous skin cancers.

  • Age Restrictions on Indoor Tanning - Support an under 18 tanning bed ban, without exemption for parental consent or physician's note. Currently, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma and West Virginia have introduced legislation that meets this criteria.
  • Access to Sunscreen in Schools - Support policies that allow students access to sunscreen during the school day, without requiring a physician's note or prescription.

Whether you choose to send a fax, e-mail or make a phone call is up to you. The most important thing is that they hear from you. 

For more information, contact volunteer@melanoma.org.