ADVOCACY ACTION CENTER

Tell Congress to Support $20 Million in Defense-funded Melanoma Research

 

According to Health.mil, based on a 10-year surveillance period from 2005 through 2014, among male service members malignant melanoma was one of the most frequent cancer diagnosis, and among females, malignant melanoma was the second most frequent cancer diagnosis. And a 2014 Military Medicine Study found that the overall incidence rate of melanoma in active duty military personnel between 2000 and 2007 was 62 percent greater than among the general population during the same period.

Contact your members of Congress and urge them to sign on to this letter and take a stand for their constituents who are counting on the life-saving medical breakthroughs made possible by the CDMRP.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is also dedicated to working with lawmakers on the following legilsative areas.

Federal:

CDC’s Skin Cancer Prevention Activities

  • Support $5 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Skin Cancer Prevention Activities in the Fiscal 2020 LHHS Appropriations bill ($3 million in Fiscal 2019 for CDC’s skin cancer prevention line)

Preserve Indoor Tanning Tax

  • Oppose legislation and amendments that would repeal the Indoor Tanning Tax

Access to Care (Private Health Insurance, ACA, Medicare and Medicaid, Drug Costs)

  • Support and advance policies that preserve protections for cancer patients and survivors and that promote access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage.  Oppose policy proposals that endanger access to affordable, adequate coverage. Support proposals that promote access to affordable and comprehensive coverage and low out of pocket costs for cancer patients, survivors, and those at particular risk for cancer. 

State:

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 - Did you know that the FDA regulates sunscreen as an OTC (over-the-counter) drug and many states require children to obtain a physician's note or forgo utilizing sunscreen while at school or school-related activities? The MRF supports policies that allow students access to sunscreen during the school day, without requiring a physician's note or prescription. So far, seventeen states Seventeen states have established policies addressing sun protection in schools. California led the way in 2002, passing the first law allowing students to wear sun-protective clothing and apply sunscreen without a physician’s note or prescription. New York passed a similar law in 2013, followed by Texas and Oregon in 2015.

  • Since then, seven more states including AlabamaArizonaFloridaLouisianaUtahWashington and Ohio passed legislation allowing sunscreen use in schools in 2017 with five more states including IndianaPennsylvaniaMarylandMichigan and Oklahoma following suit in 2018. Illinois joined with their bill passing in early 2019.

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 advocacy@melanoma.org.

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        

Grassroots Advocacy Tool Kit - Courtesy of BMS