Contact Your Policymakers Today!

Help the MRF raise the public profile of melanoma and empower others to take action on the issues that affect the melanoma community. Here’s how:

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. Download the MRF's easy-to-follow Advocacy Toolkit for suggested language and helpful tips
  2. Find the name and contact information for your Senators and Representatives, here. 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

Federal Priorities:

  • DoD-Funded Melanoma Research - Support $60 million for DoD funded melanoma research in the Fiscal 2018 Defense Appropriations bill AND support continued funding for DoD's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) in Fiscal 2018 Defense Appropriations bill
  • National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute-funded Melanoma Research - Support inclusion of Melanoma-specific language under NCI in Fiscal 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill AND support $32 billion for NIH in Fiscal 2018 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 2018 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.