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Knowing Your Skin Can Save Your Life


Most people’s conception of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer—is the kind of thing that might be documented on a TV show with a title like Moles Gone Bad. And to be sure, any existing mole that changes shape or color should be checked out by a dermatologist, but quick.

But an August 2017 review of 38 studies by a team at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia found a surprising pattern: of over 20,000 documented melanomas, less than 30 percent of arose from existing moles. The implication is that, as important as it is to monitor changes to your existing moles, it’s no less important to recognize the appearance of new moles. (Technically, a melanoma is not…

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 Knowing Your Skin Can Save Your Life

It’s uncomfortable to entertain even the possibility of cancer. But there’s one type of cancer you are basically sure to survive if you take just a little preventive action.

AIM at Melanoma

A melanoma diagnosis can lead to many unanswered questions. Aim for Answers makes finding the right information easier, by providing patients, caregivers and family members, with everything they need to know about melanoma.

Melanoma March

Melanoma March was established in 2012 by a Sydney businessman who lost his 18 year old son to melanoma. The inaugural Melanoma March, held in Manly, was a local event honouring the memory of those who had been lost to melanoma, while also providing an opportunity to raise vital funds and awareness. The event quickly grew, becoming a national initiative of Melanoma Institute Australia and the major annual fundraising campaign to support ongoing melanoma research.

Melanoma Research Alliance

Collaboration is at MRA's core–from the team approaches to research that we fund, to the way we find partners who can help us realize our vision. Our allies are also focused on increasing public knowledge about the seriousness of melanoma and ways to reduce risk and improve early detection.


It is important to understand that not all skin cancers are created equal. There are three different types of skin cancers with varying degrees of severity, and while most can be cured if found and treated early, those that spread beyond the surface of the skin can be complex and difficult to treat.

Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation

The Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation was created to educate school children on the proven methods of sun protection and skin cancer prevention.

Melanoma Education Foundation

The Melanoma Education Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to saving lives from melanoma, a common skin cancer that is often deadly unless detected early before there are any symptoms.

Melanoma International Foundation

We provide hope and guidance to melanoma patients and families by empowering them with correct up-to-date information. We are on the cutting edge of creating and supporting the most effective melanoma programs for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of melanoma.

The American Melanoma Foundation

The American Melanoma Foundation is a voluntary health agency, registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization. AMF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to serving the needs of patients and communities nationwide, and is a member of the National Council On Skin Cancer Prevention

the Impatient Patient

Notes on the journey I didn't plan to take... Motherhood, Melanoma, and making it to my Maserati.

American Cancer Society

Whether it's in our Overviews, Detailed Guides, or one of our other cancer documents, chances are you will find the information you need in this section.

Australian Researchers Believe They Can Stop Melanoma In Its Tracks

Not only is it the deadliest, but it's also the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia.


Three types of cancers account for virtually 100% of skin cancers. The nonmelanomatous skin cancers include basal cell carcinomaand squamous cell carcinoma. Malignant melanoma is the third, and most deadly, type of skin cancer.

Melanoma Research Foundation

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma.

National Cancer Institute

Information about melanoma treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy.

Skin Care Foundation

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. However, if it is recognized and treated early, it is nearly 100 percent curable.

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