Be SunAWARE to Prevent Melanoma

The K-12 curriculum developed by the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation (CMPF) is now a part of the MRF Education Institute. Learn more and become SunAWARE today!




New Education Materials

A new animated patient video has been added to the “You and Melanoma” learning module. Click here to learn about genetic testing in melanoma and how it can affect treatment decisions.


MRF Advocates Take Action


MRF Advocates Take Action

MRF Advocates are a powerful voice for the melanoma community. View our current legislative priorities and learn how you can get involved today!




Unlock the Cure!

Take part in this unique virtual fundraiser in celebration of our 25th Anniversary for your chance to win. A limited number of tickets are available, so buy now!

Ocular Melanoma

Ocular Melanoma Patients: Register Today!

Ocular Melanoma

Ocular Melanoma Patients: Register Today!

Join the first patient-powered, patient-reported ocular melanoma patient registry and help us find a cure!

Research and Science

Medical Students: Apply for Research Funding

Research and Science

Medical Students: Apply for Research Funding

The 2022 Medical Student Research Award Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available! Apply by November 15, 2021.

The MRF’s mission is to eradicate melanoma by accelerating medical RESEARCH while EDUCATING to and ADVOCATING for the melanoma community.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Melanoma claims the lives of over 7,000 Americans every year.

Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 25 – 30 and the second leading cause of cancer death in women ages 30-35.

9 out of 10 cases are considered to be preventable.

Funding Melanoma Research

Funding from The MRF has resulted in:

clinical trials

22 Clinical trials


83 Grants with new collaborations

204 Publications


409 Presentations

Recent Funded Research Recipients

Formulation and Preclinical Testing of an HLA-Engineered Neoantigen Vaccine for Melanoma
Clinical and genetic predictors of skin toxicity in mucosal melanoma treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors
High-Resolution In Vivo Image-guided Molecular Profiling of Melanomas
The effects of methotrexate treatment on melanoma progression

Latest News

Guest blog post by Richard K. Lodwick, OD: As I explain to most every patient, the view into the eye
Guest blog post by ocular melanoma patient and advocate Karen Kaludov: When I was in college, a doctor told me
Guest blog post by ocular melanoma survivor and advocate Sara Haven Rusch:  I got lucky. In 2016 I was 8 months pregnant. I went to a routine
Washington, DC (November 2) – The Melanoma Research Foundation, the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma, today announced that it

Optimize Your Treatment

Although the MRF cannot recommend a specific doctor, clinic or clinical trial, the Melanoma Treatment Center Finder and Clinical Trial Finder will help you find an experienced melanoma treatment team, as well as give you the opportunity to explore clinical trials. Did you know that clinical trials are often viewed as the best treatment option for Stage II, III and IV melanoma patients?

Please remember to use this information as a starting point in your search for a healthcare team that best meets your needs. All information regarding your treatment should be discussed with your healthcare professional.


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