Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), founded in 1979 by dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Perry Robins, MD, is an international organization devoted to the prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer. The Foundation is headquartered in New York City and is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
The world’s most common cancer, skin cancer affects two million people and kills over 10,000 people in the US annually. The vast majority of skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The incidence and impact of skin cancer can be dramatically reduced through education, behavior modification, and early detection.
Annually, the Foundation distributes over two million pieces of medically reviewed educational information on sun protection and skin cancer, including brochures; posters; The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal; the quarterlies The Melanoma Letter for physicians and Sun & Skin News for consumers. The public can obtain information by writing to the organization, and patients seeking referrals may consult the Physician Finder at www.SkinCancer.org.
The Seal of Recommendation
Sun protection products with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15+ or a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 30+ may be eligible to apply for the Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. The Seal is granted to sunscreens, sunglasses, UV-protective auto and residential window film, umbrellas, sun protective clothing, and laundry additives that meet the criteria of an independent Photobiology Committee.
Funding is provided annually for research and clinical studies. Ninety research grants have been awarded since 1981, totaling almost $1 million. Proposals are evaluated by the Foundation’s Grants Review Committee.
Programs, Advocacy, and International Outreach
Current Skin Cancer Foundation programs include:
Go With Your Own Glow, a print ad campaign to encourage people not to tan.
The Sunsational Guide to Smart Sun Safety: Fun in the Sun 101 (SkinCancer.org/School), a program for middle school children.
The Foundation is a core member of The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, a coordinating body that seeks to establish a national action agenda on skin cancer. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention secured $4 million for melanoma research from the United States Department of Defense in 2009. Since indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning is associated with an increased risk of all forms of skin cancer, the Foundation also campaigns for the stricter regulation of UV tanning beds and lamps.
Public education abroad is sponsored by the Foundation’s International Advisory Council, representing 23 countries. The Foundation sponsors the annual International Dermatology Exchange Program and the biennial World Congress on Cancers of the Skin.
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- The Skin Cancer Foundation. Physician Finder. http://www.SkinCancer.org/apps/physician-finder/. Accessed July 23, 2010.
- The Skin Cancer Foundation. Seal of Recommendation. http://www.skincancer.org/seal/. Accessed July 26, 2010.
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- The Skin Cancer Foundation. The Road to Healthy Skin Tour, Tour 2010. http://www.SkinCancer.org/road-to-healthy-skin-tour-2010.html. Accessed July 26, 2010.
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- The Skin Cancer Foundation. The Sunsational Guide to Smart Sun Safety: Fun in the Sun 101. http://www.SkinCancer.org/School/. Accessed July 26, 2010.
- The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. History & Goals. http://www.skincancerprevention.org/WhoWeAre/HistoryGoals/tabid/58/Default.aspx. Accessed July 26, 2010.
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- "The association of use of sunbeds with cutaneous malignant melanoma and other skin cancers: A systematic review". International Journal of Cancer 120: 1116–22. 2006. doi:10.1002/ijc.22453. PMID 17131335.
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- The Skin Cancer Foundation. Advocacy. http://www.SkinCancer.org/Advocacy/. Accessed July 26, 2010.
- The Skin Cancer Foundation. International Advisory Council. http://www.SkinCancer.org/international-advisory-council.html. Accessed July 26, 2010.
- The Skin Cancer Foundation. International. http://www.SkinCancer.org/International/. Accessed July 26, 2010.
- The 13th World Congress on Cancers of the Skin. http://www.wccs2010.com/index.php?idpagina=1&idioma=ang. Accessed July 26, 2010.
- American Academy of Dermatology. Gold Triangle Awards. http://www.aad.org/media/goldtriangleawards/. Accessed July 26, 2010.