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SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Public Health

Mission: The mission of The Skin Cancer Foundation is to reduce the incidence of skin cancer through the promotion of prevention, early detection, and effective treatment of skin cancer.

Programs: The foundation supports research and medical training, provides medical and public educational programs, conducts educational conferences and seminars, distributes information to the media, medical profession and the general public.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 BriDaughtry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I still remember the conversation I had with my mom where “skin cancer” and “my dad” were in the same sentence. I felt like I had been pushed out of a plane with no parachute. Confused, frightened, and riddled with anxiety. I couldn’t fathom my dad not being there to tell me how proud of me he was for graduating, to calm my nerves as he walked me down the aisle, or to wrap me around in his arms whenever he wanted and told me, “I love you baby girl.” Treatment was the next step. Watching it grow, disfigure my father, and completely shatter his self-esteem was heartbreaking. How do you convince someone that they are still beautiful in every way when they do not feel it themselves? My dad was foolish not to schedule a yearly visit with a dermatologist, conduct self-examinations, and be proactive in sun safety. Eventually, he recovered and everyday since his diagnosis, I advocate and share my dad’s story. If one person can be motivated to get treatment early to follow through with their appointment, then my effort and time would be absolutely worth it. Underestimating the dangers of sun damage is irresponsible. Skin cancer is not just a mole that could lead to a scar. It can be the beginning of something far more dangerous. The Skin Cancer Foundation has offered safe and reliable resources from the top experts in the nation who have dedicated their lives to people like my dad. Resources like Destination: Healthy Skin has offered information and free screenings that can be life-changing. I will always be grateful to this foundation and everyone involved.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For years we have been told the dangers of exposer to the sun, but not until it strikes closer to home to we really think about it. Several years ago I was sent an article from the Foundation explaining the additional skin cancer risks to Kidney Transplant patients, of which I am one - currently in stage four kidney failure - with twenty percent function. After reading the information I made an appointment last year with a dermatologist for an exam, but due to COVID had to postpone it. I recently did see the dermatologist about a number of areas that were of great concern. Several were removed by freezing and should pose no problem. Another spot - Seborrheic Keratosis - was removed and results proved negative. Knowing potential problems to look for, continued use of sun screen, wearing a hat and just staying out of the sun are now part of my routine. Thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation for helping me get - and keep my skin heathy!!

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After having a kidney transplant a friend from this group sent me a copy of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal with many great articles - one about cancer and transplant. None of my doctors ever mentioned the added risks of sun exposure to a transplant patient. Thanks to the Foundation's article and suggestions on effective use of sun screens. I now have the information to help protect myself. I sent copies of this article to my nephrologist, dialysis group and kidney transplant team hoping to make them aware of the need to supply their patients with this urgently needed information.

MMW_ko

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate the Skin Cancer Foundation because I am. Survivor of Stage IV Melanoma! I have been clear of cancer for 7 years! It’s so important that the fight to bring awareness, continues everyday. They never let us down, with the content, they share! The stories of fighters and survivors, to give me and others, hope!! I am so thankful for the information on all types of skin cancers, it’s made me more aware of what I need to look for, on ALL types of skin cancer! If I need info, I can count of them!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Skin Cancer Foundation is such a dedicated organization. I attended their gala a few times. It's informative, well organized and fun. They seem to be a very passionate group on a dedicated mission to help those with Skin Cancer. I had the pleasure of meeting the President, Deborah Sarnoff. Because I had some issues from cancer meds (not skin cancer), I scheduled an appt with her. I assumed I would see someone on her staff because I wasn't having anything major done, but I was pleasantly surprised that I got to see her. In addition she had an amazing bedside manner, spent quite a bit of time with me, had a few viable solutions and even sent me home with samples!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my husband passed away from melanoma 14 years ago, our dermatologist recommended The Skin Cancer Foundation as the nonprofit of choice. I have worked with the organization since 2006 and have been overwhelmed with their personal and professional support and dedication to education and research. I, along with friends and family have volunteered time and resources to fund research grants. After attending multiple grant award ceremonies and experiencing the appreciation and gratitude of physician recipients, I know I made the right choice supporting this organization. They truly want to provide education, treatment options, and ultimately eradicate this disease that has been heartbreaking to so many families. Dan Latore, Melissa Saul, and the rest of the team have been amazing partners and continually hold true to their mission.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Skin Cancer Foundation is a great foundation that helps people very much. A Foundation for educating the public and the medical community about the world’s most common cancer!: „skin cancer“...; its prevention, early detection and effective treatment : very very useful informations for everyone.
We really appreciate all of their hard work and effort and wish them good Luck and a lot of strength and success !✨✨✨❤️ Dermalaserpraxis, Bern, Switzerland

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a sun worshipper my whole life. Raised at the beach, so suntan was a must. I have learned from the Skin Cancer Foundation that you can enjoy the beach without damaging my skin. I am not using sun screens that I never did before!! Thank you

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my first year working with The Skin Cancer Foundation as a business partner and I have been nothing but impressed. The team is small, but powerful and has proven their agility in such an anomaly year. Their strength lies in driving awareness among the everyday citizen, whether via SoMe or through accessible events and resources. Compelling and fact based creative is utilized to get the word out and drive change. We find their work inspiring and are proud to continue our partnership into 2021.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great resource of information on skin cancer and an organization increasing awareness about important diseases

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

We have partnered with The Skin Cancer Foundation for many years, including earning the Seal of Recommendation for all of our SPF products. We are aligned with them in their mission to help educate and prevent skin cancer; a passion of our brand as well. The team we work with is dedicated to their mission and getting the word out, and we are proud to support those efforts and help bring awareness to and education around skin cancer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an on-going partner of the Skin Cancer Foundation - the service, trusted support, and educational tools provided by the SCF Team is at the highest level. We have earned their Seal of Recommendation - validating the quality, effectiveness, and safety of our products. We are proud to align with, and support the Skin Cancer Foundation's commitment to their mission.

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8 Michelle R.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Skin Cancer Foundation does a great job of activating its network of professionals to get the message out that everyone under the sun needs skin protection. They're everywhere from National TV to online media and magazines. When it comes to protecting everyone from sun damage and preventing skin cancer, awareness is key and the SCF is getting it done.

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed the activity of the Skin Cancer Foundation for almost 20 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how dedicated the team and leadership are to the mission. I have attended many grant award ceremonies, seen many of the educational resources they spent tireless amounts of time producing, and watched the "Free Screenings" bus launch and cross the country. I have been involved in small ways over the years. For the past several years, with a wish to get more involved and support an organization I truly believe in, I joined the annual Gala Organizing Committee. I am proud to be a part of such an esteemed group of people who jointly care about stopping death and suffering from skin cancer. Thank you Dr Perry Robins, Dr Deborah Sarnoff, Dan Latore and the whole team at the SCF. Keep up the great work!

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7 April F.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Skin Cancer Foundation both as a national magazine editor and a member of their Gala Committees for the past 5+ years. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the Foundation and its staff members. The organization is run with the highest level of professionalism and integrity and I am proud to have a relationship with them.

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7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been working with SCF for a while and have earned their certification. I cannot say enough how impressed I am with the devotion and support we feel from their top notch team!

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7

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been a joy working with The Skin Cancer Foundation. They understand their mission and stay true to it with professional staff and superior response time. They have exceeded our expectations for over two years now.

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7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Please stop this group from continuing to "sell" its seal of approval for products that do not prevent skin cancer. Perry Robbins and his cadre of Mohs micrographic cosmetic dermatologists have created a false image. They do no independent testing, they give no money to research, and they have attached their seal to products such as a body wash. Melanoma is a serious and deadly disease, and the Skin Cancer Foundation "approval" is dangerous and misleading. This group cloned itself into the International Skin Cancer Foundation. They have no affiliation with research or testing institutes.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation 10/03/2012

The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation is a symbol of safe and effective sun protection that is recognized by consumers worldwide. In order to earn the Seal of Recommendation, manufacturers must provide scientific data that meets stringent criteria showing that their sun protection product sufficiently and safely aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin. This data is reviewed by a volunteer team of photobiologists – experts in the study of the interaction between ultraviolet radiation and the skin. A full list of the criteria and tests required for a product to earn the Seal of Recommendation is available at http://www.skincancer.org/seal. Each year, The Skin Cancer Foundation spends 85% of its budget on program expenses to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention and early detection. Since 1981, The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded research grants to fund pilot studies that lead to improvements in the prevention and clinical management of skin cancer. In 2012 alone, The Skin Cancer Foundation awarded $155,000 in research grants to dermatology residents, fellows, and young faculty from institutions throughout the United States. Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating skin cancer.

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