Melanoma Awareness Month:
This Melanoma Awareness Month, we invite you to join the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) this year to celebrate, honor, raise awareness and critical funds to support melanoma patients and their families. You can help make an impact this May!
The MRF is proud to present our newest #GetNaked spokespeople!
Monique Mack is a survivor of acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM) and was recently featured in Neutrogena’s “In the Sun” documentary. ALM is a rare subtype of melanoma that occurs on places including the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underneath nails on fingers and toes. It can often go unnoticed or misdiagnosed, even by a doctor. In Monique’s case, her mother first noticed a dark line under her thumbnail as a child but it wasn’t until much later while visiting a dermatologist for a separate reason that the correct diagnosis was made. Monique is especially passionate about increasing awareness of rarer forms of melanoma and correcting the common and dangerous misperception that melanoma does not affect people of color.
Click here to read more about Monique’s inspiring story and why she encourages everyone to #GetNaked!
Summer Sanders is an Olympic champion, American sports commentator, reporter, television personality, actress and cutaneous melanoma survivor. From 18 months old to the age of 24, Summer was known as a “California swim kid,” spending hours in an outdoor pool nearly every day, and never with sunscreen. Her incredible commitment to the sport led Summer to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, where she won a bronze, silver and two gold medals. Unfortunately, the many years of sun exposure also brought Summer into the melanoma community. Read Summer’s story to learn how she first discovered her melanoma, and following multiple excisions later, she has “a roadmap of my life in the sun.”
Learn more about Summer’s story, how she safely enjoys the outdoors and why it’s important to #GetNaked!
Ask the Expert:
As part of our education and patient support resources offered during Melanoma Awareness Month, the MRF will host a live “Ask the Expert” virtual discussion via Zoom on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT, sponsored by Castle Biosciences. Bring your questions and join a live discussion and Q&A to cover a wide variety of topics related to early stage melanoma diagnosis, sentinel lymph node biopsies and follow-up care.
Learn the latest news about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship at FIVE patient symposia held in May, with both virtual and in-person attendance options:
- Monday, May 2 – 12:30pm ET: University of North Carolina Patient Symposium (Virtual and In-Person)
- Friday, May 6 – 7:30am ET: University of Pennsylvania Patient Symposium (Virtual)
- Saturday, May 7 – 8:30am MT: University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute Patient Symposium (Virtual and In-Person)
- Thursday, May 12 – 5:30pm ET: Georgetown University Mini Patient Symposium (Virtual)
- Saturday, May 21 – 9:00am PT: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient Symposium (Virtual)
Instagram Live “Derm-fluencer” Series:
Join the MRF and Instagram’s most influential dermatology and skin health experts in May for engaging and educational conversations on topics including sun safety, incorporating sun protective clothing, debunking popular dermatological myths and more!
- Thursday, May 12th – 6:30pm ET: Muneeb Shah, DO (@doctorly)
- Thursday, May 19th – 6:30pm ET: Dustin Portela, DO (@208skindoc)
- Monday, May 23rd – 5:30pm ET: Renata Block, MMS, PA-C (@savvydermdiva), in collaboration with @Coolibar
Digital Meetup with Stupid Cancer:
Join the Melanoma Research Foundation, Stupid Cancer and adolescent and young adult (AYA) melanoma patients and survivors for a virtual meetup on Wednesday, May 25 at 8pm ET! Register here!
Miles for Melanoma:
Melanoma Awareness Month Cause Marketing Partners:
We would like to thank our Melanoma Awareness Month corporate and cause marketing partners! Click below to see how our partners are giving back to the melanoma community and shop for a great cause!