Melanoma News Round-Up, May 31

Today is the last day of Melanoma Awareness Month and what a ride it’s been!  Thank you to all of our allies and everyone who dedicated their efforts to raising awareness of melanoma and offering support to fund melanoma research.

MRA is delighted to share our brand new video featuring our world-class research program. We’re incredibly proud of our impact on melanoma research, providing $120 million through grants and leveraged funding to accelerate scientific discovery and its translation. Watch the video and learn how we do it!

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From May 30 to June 3, MRA is attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology‘s (ASCO) 50th annual meeting in Chicago and ASCO is all abuzz about immunotherapies and melanoma treatment.  To learn more about immunotherapy treatments, check out these articles:

New drugs aid in the fight against melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer via Miami Herald

Immune Therapy’s Cancer Promise Creates Research Rush via Bloomberg

Advances in Melanoma Treatment Prolonging Lives via Boston Globe

This Thursday, the FDA announced it will now require warning labels on tanning beds.  This black-box warning will state that sunlamps in tanning salons should not be used by persons under 18.  This marks another incredible advancement in melanoma prevention policy, in addition to Minnesota and Louisiana announcing legislation banning minors from tanning bed use.

Nine states total have instituted under-18 bans for indoor tanning to address the alarming incidence of melanoma in young people.  Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer people aged 15-29.  A recent study shows that indoor tanning increases your risk of melanoma, even if you don’t burn, because “tanning is a biological response to damage to the DNA […] and you’re going to get that [ultraviolet light] damage in a tanning booth whether or not you burn.”

To address this health risk to young people, the Jeff Dulude Melanoma Foundation and Edgemakers are inviting teenagers to help create a PSA to warn their peers about the dangers of melanoma and how to prevent it.  Learn more about the contest here.

Finally, we would like to share this story about a melanoma survivor who has dedicated himself to supporting other melanoma patients.

 

 

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Melanoma News Round-Up, May 24

The third week of Melanoma Awareness Month is coming to a close and we have so much news to share with you, but before we recap—check out what’s happening right now!

Today is Sunhat Saturday, a day devoted to the importance of wearing hats as sun protection.  Join us in celebrating Sunhat Saturday by sharing pictures of yourself, your family and friends wearing hats and you could be featured on our Twitter or Facebook! #SunhatSat

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Monday, MRA’s president and CEO, Wendy Selig, wrote It’s Time for the US to Catch Up on Melanoma Prevention for the Huffington Post.  Later that day, MRA announced the 2014 research grants, awarding a record-breaking $11 million to 19 institutions worldwide.  MRA also attended the GSK Summit where melanoma bloggers and thought leaders met to discuss new ways to engage with melanoma patients and how to make a difference.

Tuesday, MRA attended the BayBio briefing on Capitol Hill where Wendy Selig spoke about the importance of federal funding of medical research.  At 5:00 PM, the L’Oréal Paris It’s THAT Worth IT Thunderclap went live with over 2,500 supporters jointly broadcasting to over 7 million people about the importance of sunscreen and supporting MRA’s research program.  Later that evening, MRA’s Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma event at Rockefeller Center in New York City raised an astounding $1.4 million for melanoma research.  We are thankful to L’Oréal Paris, Bergdorf Goodman, Eric Javits and Double Cross Vodka for their contributions to the event.

Wednesday, MRA attended the Shade Foundation poster contest where K-8 children created posters on sun safety.  The event drove home the importance of educating the young on the dangers of UV rays and how sun protection is essential for everyone’s well-being.  Here’s a picture of one of the winners!

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Friday, Wendy Selig appeared on FOX News to discuss the Sunscreen Innovation Act and how the US needs the best sunscreen products to prevent melanoma.  We also celebrated national Don’t Fry Day, spreading the message of sun safety as a timely reminder on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.  Sun protection is especially important during the summer when people will be spending more time outdoors, so please stay sun safe.

Finally, here are a few highlights from the melanoma news this week:

Minnesota becomes 8th state to ban indoor tanning for minors via NY Daily News

Don’t Fry Day: A Reminder to Protect Your Skin via Huffington Post

A powerful story from melanoma survivor Michelle LeBlanc via Close Up With Elizabeth Grady

Skin cancer increases risk of other cancers via Health Blog

 

Melanoma News Round-Up, May 17

So much exciting news as we pass the halfway point of Melanoma Awareness Month!

ICYMI we shared our new video highlighting MRA’s collaborative approach to melanoma research and raising awareness.

 

We also shared Jamie’s story as she expressed ‘the reality of “surviving” stage IV melanoma.’

Next Tuesday, May 20, two exciting events will take place:

Finally, here are a few highlights of the melanoma news coverage this week:

10 Things to Know About Melanoma via ABCNews

A bittersweet story about a young mother of two who lost her husband to melanoma when he was only 28 via Delaware State News

A melanoma survivor tells teens to “rock the skin you’re in,” use sunscreen & avoid indoor tanning via WOWT

Blood biomarkers may enhance melanoma detection potentially reducing the need for invasive skin biopsies via MedicalXpress

‘Michelle’s Melanoma Army’ educates teens on skin cancer via The Anniston Star

Encouraging results for nivolumab in hopes of raising survival expectations for advanced melanoma patients via BMS News

 

 

 

Melanoma News Round-Up, May 10

Week two of Melanoma Awareness Month is coming to a close–catch up on all the news with MRA!

MRA Board Members and funded researchers spoke on a panel about the promise of cancer immunotherapies at the Milken Institute’s 2014 Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The panel video also features an animated explanation of cancer immunotherapies, as well as powerful patient testimonials.

 

This week, we shared a new survivor story on our website: Caitlyn was pregnant when her husband noticed a mole that did not look right…

T.J. Sharpe talks about the FDA’s priority review of Merck’s MK-3475 via Philly.com

MRA-supported researcher Dr. Stephen Hodi tells us five things we really ought to know about melanoma via Dana-Farber Insight

Jim Allison’s pioneering spirit is pure Texan—and his cancer drug is a global breakthrough via Alcade

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Melanoma…but Really, Really Should via Glamour

Finally, if you can support MRA and pledge to stay sun safe in one easy action:  Sign the Ipreo-DebtDomain Skin Check Pledge today!

Ready. Set. May!

Rounding up all the highlights from the first week of Melanoma Awareness Month!

Melanoma Awareness Month is here and we’ve got tons in store this month.  Check out MRA’s new video “Progress for Patients” below.   If you like it, share it!  And don’t forget to celebrate Melanoma Monday on May 5th by engaging with MRA on social media!


USA Today offers up some tips to prevent melanoma just in time for May!

Scotland looks to curb tanning bed use as skin cancer rates continue to climb via BBC

Lea Michele Urges You to Wear Sunscreen in New Melanoma PSA (VIDEO)via WetPaint

May Day via SeattlePI

American Idol Live! tour to kick off June 24 via USA Today

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Jedd Wolchok Describes Stunning Success of Cancer Immunotherapy in Scientific American Feature via Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Melanoma News Round-Up, April 25

Catch the latest updates from MRA in our April newsletter! And don’t forget to lend your voice to helping us defeat melanoma through our Thunderclap campaign!

L’Oreal Exec’s Personal Battle with Melanoma Led to Sunscreen Ads via AdAge

Big Increase in Most Serious Skin Cancer Says Charity via BBC Wales

How I Finally Wised Up About the Sun via Glamour

The CDC Launches New ‘Burning Truth’ Campaign on the Dangers of Tanning via CDC

Should You Buy Illegal Foreign Sunscreens? via Slate

EU Agency Backs Approval of new GlaxoSmithKline Melanoma Drug via Reuters UK

 

Melanoma News Round-Up, March 28

Take a look at this week’s melanoma news, which features new hope for patients through incredible research advances and compelling progress toward reducing the risk of melanoma through new sunscreens and stronger regulations on indoor tanning. 

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FDA review of new sunscreen ingredients has languished for years, frustrating advocates via Washington Post

Sunscreen delay: Stronger products need OK from FDA via FIOS1 News

New Hope for Melanoma Patients via ABC News

Drug Firms Focus on Advanced Melanoma via Wall Street Journal

Boy With Melanoma Raises Thousands Making Bracelets To Battle Cancer via CBS News

Clinicians emphasize risk of skin cancer in patients with skin of color via Dermatology Times

The Burning Truth campaign via the CDC

Melanoma survivor talks about bill that would ban teens from using tanning beds via WPXI

Inslee signs bill banning tanning beds for youth via King 5