The Skin Cancer Foundation

aka The Skin Cancer Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.skincancer.org/

Mission

The Skin Cancer Foundation saves and improves lives. We empower people to take a proactive approach to daily sun protection and the early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Mr. Dan Latore

Main address

205 Lexington Ave 11th Floor

New York, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

13-2948778

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Skin Cancer Foundation was founded on the basic tenet that no one should die from this common disease. Still, the U.S. loses 50 people to skin cancer every day, and we won’t stop until that number is zero. With your help, we will get there.

Our programs

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Program Overview

Since 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has made tremendous strides in helping people understand the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection and prompt, effective treatment. The Skin Cancer Foundation saves and improves lives. We empower people to take a proactive approach to daily sun protection and the early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For 40 years, The Skin Cancer Foundation has been awarding research grants to physicians and investigators to support pilot research projects related to prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. Since 1981, many of our grantees’ studies have led to important breakthroughs. We could not have done this without the help of our generous donors, to whom we are grateful.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Destination: Healthy Skin is The Skin Cancer Foundation’s mobile skin cancer education program. The Foundation owns an RV, customized with two private exam rooms, which travels around the country each summer making stops for education events. Local dermatologists who volunteer their time perform free, full-body skin cancer screenings on board the RV. The program is truly making a difference: About 60 percent of the people served in 2018 had never received a skin cancer screening before. Participants also receive skin cancer education materials and sun protection samples. Destination: Healthy Skin is a reinvention of the Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, which was active from 2007 to 2015. Through these two programs, the Foundation has provided nearly 25,000 free skin cancer screenings. Our volunteer dermatologists have identified more than 10,000 suspected skin cancers, including hundreds of suspected cases of melanoma.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SkinCancer.org is often the first place people turn to after receiving a skin cancer diagnosis. We consider our website an educational program because it serves as a one-stop shop for skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment information. Nearly 9 million people visit our website each year. We also reach thousands of people through our Sun & Skin News blog, where we delve deeper into lifestyle questions about proper sun protection and skin cancer detection and treatment. We facilitate a year-round conversation on our social channels, where our followers offer each other support and advice for dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 1981, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation is granted to sun protection products that have been reviewed by and meet the criteria of a volunteer Photobiology Committee. The Seal is a symbol of safe and effective sun protection that is recognized by consumers worldwide. One of the first programs offered by the Foundation, it quickly gained acceptance from consumers for setting the standard for effective sun protection. Sun protection products with the Seal include clothing, fabric, hats, sunscreen, moisturizers, cosmetics, auto, residential and commercial window film/glass and awnings/umbrellas. Nearly 100 brands are represented in the program and more than 1800 products have earned the Seal of Recommendation. Look for the Seal on product labels, packaging and clothing hang tags.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Robins Nest was created in the spirit of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s founder, Perry Robins, MD, and his tireless efforts to ensure that his patients felt supported and confident during their treatment. Robins Nest helps skin cancer patients and caregivers find support for specific needs related to health care access and other services. Our goal is to point people in the right direction and connect them with a carefully curated collection of internal and external resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Big See is our public service campaign, which empowers people to take a proactive approach to skin cancer detection. The Big See leverages the seriousness of cancer (the big C) while highlighting the unique characteristic of skin cancer, which is that we can actually see it. Centering on “What’s That?” as its catchphrase, the campaign reminds people to look for anything on their skin that’s new, changing or unusual. The Big See public service commercial airs nationwide and encourages people to visit TheBigSee.org to learn more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Skin Cancer Foundation will eliminate deaths and ease suffering caused by skin cancer. As the first stop for many people on their skin cancer journey, it’s our duty to provide accurate information and valuable resources to help guide patients and caregivers. We want to empower people by giving them the tools to understand skin cancer and, together with their physician, make confident decisions about prevention, detection and treatment. The Skin Cancer Foundation aims to change sun protection behaviors and ultimately save lives.

We take our responsibility as the leader in skin cancer patient education very seriously and aim to be the first stop for anyone looking for support or information in the skin cancer space. We bring together medical professionals, donors, corporate partners and laypeople through in-person events and a robust digital presence. We meet people where they are, whether that is online or in their communities, to make sure we’re reaching as many people as we can with our important educational programming.

We have a highly dedicated and able staff in place, working toward our mission, collaborating with allies and continuing to expand the Foundation’s reach. Like any nonprofit organization, our capabilities are limited through the amount of funding we can secure. We need your help to fully realize our goals and best serve the public with our programs.

The Skin Cancer Foundation is proud to have played a significant role in raising public awareness about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. When Perry Robins, MD, launched the SCF in 1979, almost no one was promoting the idea of sun protection. Dr. Robins fought back against the prevailing myth that a tan was good for you, and a sign of health and vitality. The SCF was the first organization to decree that a sunscreen should have a minimum SPF of 15 for effective protection.

As a founding member of the PASS (Public Access to Sunscreen) Coalition, the SCF also fought for and supported the federal Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA), which was passed in 2014. The intention of SIA was to encourage the FDA to step up its process for reviewing new sunscreen ingredients. To date, the FDA has still not approved any new ingredients. The SCF continues to push for approval of new ingredients.

The SCF has also played a pivotal role in funding groundbreaking research. Since 1981, generous donors to the Foundation’s Research Grants Program have allowed us to give young physicians and investigators stipends for early research that served as stepping stones to important breakthroughs.

We’ve also been very vocal about the dangers associated with UV tanning and have supported local and federal legislation efforts to ban minors from using tanning beds. In 2014, our participation in lobbying efforts helped make the FDA reclassify tanning devices from class I (low risk, with the least regulatory control) to class II, higher-risk devices that must meet additional regulatory requirements to provide reasonable assurance of safety.
Currently, 17 states plus the District of Columbia prohibit people younger than 18 from using tanning beds. None of those bans existed when we started, and we know we had a lot to do with it. There’s still a long way to go: Our lobbying has already contributed to a standing FDA proposal that would prohibit use of sunlamp products nationwide to people under age 18. But tanning is every bit as damaging to older people’s skin, so we won’t rest until tanning salons have been banned altogether across the U.S.

We know that skin cancer risk can be dramatically reduced through sun protection and early detection, which is where we’ve focused our education efforts. We know many people are aware of the risks of unprotected sun exposure, but still do not take steps to protect themselves. We want to convey that sun protection is a lifestyle; protecting yourself against incidental, everyday sun exposure is as important as protecting yourself during extended time outdoors.

Though skin cancer mortality rates have fallen in recent years, far too many people die from this highly preventable disease. Thousands more live with disfigurement due to skin cancer, and the emotional toll of this disease remains high. No one need die of skin cancer, and we won’t be satisfied until the death rate is zero.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2022
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Board chair

Perry Robins

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Deborah Sarnoff

Perry Robins

Allan Halpern

Rex Amonette

Leonard Goldberg

Susan Weinkle

Maritza Perez

C. William Hanke

Elizabeth Robins

Elizabeth Hale

Ronald Moy

Adelle Quintana