Skin Cancer Foundation

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The Skin Cancer Foundation
Logo 200x200
FounderPerry Robins, MD[1]
Focusskin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment
  • 205 Lexington Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY
Area served
United States, International
Methodpublic education, professional organization

The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), founded in 1979 by dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Perry Robins, MD, is a global organization solely devoted to educating the public and medical community about skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.[3] The foundation's professional membership includes dermatologists, Mohs surgeons, plastic surgeons and other medical professionals working to fight skin cancer.[4] Headquartered in New York City, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.[5]

Background statistics[edit]

Each year in the U.S., nearly 5 million patients are treated for skin cancer[6] and more than 16,000 people die from the disease.[7][8][9] The primary cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds.[10] The incidence and impact of skin cancer can be dramatically reduced through education, lifestyle changes, and early detection.[11][12]

Public information[edit]

Annually, the foundation distributes over two million[13] pieces of medically reviewed[14] educational information on sun protection and skin cancer. The annual Journal and the newsletters are distributed regularly to most dermatologists' offices nationwide. In addition, the Foundation's educational materials are distributed in multiple languages through corporate partnerships and programs such as The Road to Healthy Skin Tour, an annual skin cancer screening program across the United States.[15]


Funding is provided annually for research and clinical studies in medical institutions throughout the U.S. Since 1981, more than $1.5 million has been awarded to fund over 150 projects.[16] Proposals are evaluated by the Foundation's Research Grants Review Committee.


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 and stricter regulations of UV tanning beds and lamps. In May 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States issued an order to re-classify tanning beds from class 1 (low-risk) to class II (moderate-risk) devices.[17]

On November 25, 2014, the Sunscreen Innovation Act was passed, streamlining the FDA's review process of new sunscreens and setting deadlines for decisions on new applications.[18]

International outreach[edit]

Public education abroad is sponsored by the foundation’s International Advisory Council, representing 23 countries.[19] The Foundation sponsors the annual International Dermatology Exchange Program[20] and the biennial World Congress on Cancers of the Skin, which convenes in different countries around the world.[21]

The Skin Cancer Foundation has received the American Academy of Dermatology’s Excellence in Education Award and 14 Gold Triangle Awards for Community Service.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography of Perry Robins, MD -". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ "Biography of Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD -". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  3. ^ Charity Navigator. The Skin Cancer Foundation. Accessed July 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Professional Membership.
  5. ^ GuideStar. Skin Cancer Foundation Inc. Accessed July 23, 2010.
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  8. ^ Karia PS, Han J, Schmults CD. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma: estimated incidence of disease, nodal metastasis, and deaths from disease in the United States, 2012. J Am Acad Dermatol 2013 June; 68(6):957-66.
  9. ^ Mohan SV, Chang ALS. Advanced basal cell carcinoma: epidemiology and therapeutic innovations. Curr Dermatol Rep 2014; 3(1):40-45. Published online Feb 9, 2014. doi: 10.1007/s13671-014-0069-y
  10. ^ Narayanan, DL; Saladi, RN; Fox, JL (September 2010). "Ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer". International Journal of Dermatology. 49 (9): 978–986. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2010.04474.x. PMID 20883261. Taken together, epidemiologic studies and experimental studies in laboratory animals indicate that intermittent intense and chronic exposures to solar UVR are the primary cause of NMSCs and melanoma.
  11. ^ Skincancer prevention and early detection. American Cancer Society.
  12. ^ Espey D. You can help prevent skin cancer. Medscape Multispecialty September 3, 2014.
  13. ^ Education efforts. Skin Cancer Foundation Website.
  14. ^ The Skin Cancer Foundation. Medical Editors. Skin Cancer Foundation Website.
  15. ^ Road to Healthy Skin Tour. Skin Cancer Foundation Website.
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  18. ^ "Sunscreen Innovation Act (2014 - S. 2141)". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  19. ^ The Skin Cancer Foundation. International Advisory Council. Accessed July 26, 2010.
  20. ^ International Dermatology Exchange Program.
  21. ^ The Skin Cancer Foundation. International. Accessed July 26, 2010.
  22. ^ American Academy of Dermatology. Gold Triangle Awards. Accessed July 26, 2010.

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