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MRF statement in response to Senator McCain’s battle with melanoma
MRF issues a statement in response to recent media attention around Senator John McCain’s battle with melanoma.
Heather R. Huhman
Jones Public Affairs
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN’S PREVIOUS DIAGNOSES WITH MELANOMA
-A Statement from the Melanoma Research Foundation-
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The following is a statement in response to recent media attention around Senator John McCain’s battle with melanoma.
It is unfortunate that it takes the diagnosis of a public figure, in this case presidential candidate Senator John McCain, to raise awareness about melanoma. The Melanoma Research Foundation does not support political candidates; however, this brings to light a bigger issue – melanoma and the ability to live and work after being diagnosed. It is important to dispel the myths and encourage people to know the risks for developing melanoma.
Melanoma is a serious condition—the most deadly form of skin cancer and the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. and worldwide—and can strike people of all ages, races and both sexes. In fact, with a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma, this year more than 62,000 are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the disease, resulting in an estimated 8,400 deaths. While melanoma should not be taken lightly, it is often treatable when discovered in the early stages.
“There is a real dichotomy around melanoma diagnosis. On the one hand, early stage melanoma can be successfully removed by a dermatologist and monitored by regular skin screenings, while, on the other hand, the disease is deadly in its most advanced stages,” said Linda Pilkington, Executive Director, Melanoma Research Foundation. “For this reason, the MRF strives to convey the importance of prevention and early diagnosis, while working diligently to help fund research that may lead to an effective treatment and possible cure of malignant melanoma.”
It’s important to know the risk factors such as fair skin, personal and family history, weakened immune system, severe sunburns—especially while young—and exposure to ultraviolet radiation. You should limit your sun exposure, get screened, and consult a dermatologist right away about any changes in your skin or moles.
About Melanoma Research Foundation
The Melanoma Research Foundation is the largest private, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. The Foundation is committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma. The Foundation also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma, while acting as an advocate for the melanoma community to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF Web site is the premiere source for melanoma information seekers. More information is available at www.melanoma.org.
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