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The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) is the only global, non-profit organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most prevalent cancer. More than 1.3 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Since its founding in 1979, the SCF has set the standard for educating the public and the medical community about skin cancer through national public educational campaigns, medical education and research.


To reduce the incidence of skin cancer by underscoring the importance of prevention, early detection, and effective treatment.


Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Unprotected sun exposure to the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer. Through national education campaigns, the SCF dispels myths about the health benefits of tanning and continues to aggressively raise awareness among the public against the common misconception that skin cancer is infrequent and not as dangerous as other cancers.

The organization’s primary program goals are to produce, publish and disseminate the most current and accurate educational information on the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer to individuals and families through printed materials, the SCF website and the media; to provide physicians and other medical professionals access to the most current and effective educational tools and treatment therapies through printed materials, medical seminars, conferences and the SCF professional membership program; to support medical research that helps develop cutting edge treatments for skin cancer; and to promote corporate responsibility and set higher standards for sun protective products through the Seal of Recommendation Program.


The SCF expanded programs and activities to reach more individuals, families and physicians with its educational messages. In 2006 the SCF launched a new website that provides more than 2 million visitors a year with skin cancer education and sun protection guidelines, provided nationwide skin cancer screenings to 5,000 people in 22 cities with Doak Pharmaceuticals, initiated a melanoma awareness program for Latinos (La Piel Sana) by partnering with 20 community based organizations, worked with Rite Aid to reach their customers and pharmacists nationwide with bilingual skin cancer information and provided 1 million education materials to physicians and patients.


United States


149 Madison Avenue, Suite 901
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (800) SKIN-490
EIN: 13-2948778

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Increase Sun-Safety

5 awareness packets

We will provide SunSmart Community packets to people who want to get involved in making their towns sun-safe. This gift will provide 5 community leaders SunSmart Community awareness packets which contain sample letters for getting sun-safety legislation enacted on a local and state level; information on shade structures and trees; how-to information on organizing a skin cancer screening; tips to incorporate sun protection in schools...


Educate Professionals

Skin cancer resources

Your donation will help provide dermatology residents with free membership to The Skin Cancer Foundation. Your gift will provide one dermatology resident access to The Skin Cancer Foundation's patient education materials, journals, newsletters, and other resources provided to the organization's professional members throughout their entire residency. This gift will give residents the most effective educational tools to help their patients.


Give Early Warning

Melanoma awareness

Your donation will fund the production and distribution of brochures and guides that help individuals and families identify the early warning signs of melanoma. These educational materials are distributed free of charge to medical clinics, health fairs, screenings, community wellness programs, senior citizen centers, schools, and more. With this gift you can help reach 500 people with lifesaving messages about melanoma prevention and early detection.


Prevent Skin Cancer

Pediatric melanoma

Your donation will fund the production and distribution of guides that teach caregivers how to keep children and teens safe from cancer-causing UV rays. These educational guides will be distributed, free of charge, at health clinics, schools, through community wellness programs, and other programs and location. Your gift will help 400 parents and/or caregivers learn how to incorporate skin cancer prevention and sun protection in...