November 2021 Newsletter

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, our hearts are full of gratitude. We are thankful that more people than ever before understand the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of sun protection and early detection.

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide you with 24-7, skin cancer educational information, expanded patient support resources and free skin cancer screenings.

Together with our amazing community of skin cancer warriors and healthy skin champions, we made skin cancer a global discussion, advanced the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, campaigned against indoor tanning, took early detection on the road and funded research grants that have sparked great progress.

Every good thing we do is all because of you! Thank you for sharing the facts about skin cancer and amplifying our messages about early detection and sun protection.

With advocates like you on the front lines, we know we can take on the world’s most common cancer. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. - Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD

750+ Free Screenings in the Books!

Our 2021 Destination Healthy Skin program is in the home stretch of its journey, with more than 750 free skin cancer screenings performed to date by 40 volunteer dermatologists. And we’re not done yet!

From August 1 to October 31, our volunteers identified 167 potential skin cancers and precancers, including 8 suspected melanomas. In addition, more than 3,400 attendees received free skin cancer educational information, skincare and sun protection products.

We wrapped up the year with some big events in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Check our schedule for more details and read the latest update.

Our Warriors Speak Up: #ThisIsSkinCancer

November is National Healthy Skin Month. Whether you are battling skin cancer or have fought the disease in the past, your skin health is something that you probably take very seriously. Skin cancer affects people in different ways, but at the heart of it all, skin cancer warriors and their families face both physical and emotional hardships. What does skin cancer mean? Here’s what our Facebook community has to say.

Skin Cancer: 
What does it mean to you?

“It means being on edge. Trying to deal with the cancer and dealing with people who still don’t think it’s real cancer. It’s mentally draining but you get through it to survive.”

“I lost my husband a month ago after he lived with melanoma for three years. To me 'skin cancer' means grief, pain and fearing the unknown, but also means courage, grace and LIVING whatever time we have. Thank you for doing the work you do!”

“It took my dad from me within 2 months; he didn't get checked in time. Now I go get checked proudly every 6 months. I’m a huge advocate for skin cancer screenings!”

“Check, check and re-check! Annual dermatology appointment in a few months!”

“Means having over 200 skin cancers removed over past 25 years -- squamous and basal cell plus numerous skin grafts and reconstructive surgery. But I'm still going -- that's what matters!”

“Skin cancer is a skilled adversary who shall not win this battle!!!!”

#ThisIsSkinCancer on the Blog

NFL Coach Shares His Top Defensive Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention
For Sean McDermott, head coach of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, a strong defensive strategy is a key part of winning on the field, and also for skin cancer prevention and early detection.

From Beauty Mark to Melanoma
Chrissy Carbone has always had moles on her skin. She never dreamed that the innocent-looking “beauty marks” could become life-threatening.

Sidelined by Skin Cancer?
University of Kentucky defensive lineman Josh Paschal saw something on the bottom of his foot and said something. His dangerous melanoma didn’t bench him for long!

A Hole in My Head
The little spot on Julie Bain’s forehead didn’t look like much, but it didn’t feel right to her. It turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma.

NYPD Veteran Uncovers Clues for Detecting Skin Cancer
Ron Licciardi spent his career looking for clues but learned a tough lesson about how to identify skin cancer warning signs that were hiding in plain sight.

Top Rated Nonprofit Award

2021 Top-Rated Nonprofit GreatNonprofits

Thanks to our amazing community, The Skin Cancer Foundation is one of the first winners of the 2021 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits. This honor means the world to us because we received it by earning your trust. Thank you to all who gave us positive reviews.

Charity Navigator Four Star Charity

The Foundation has also earned the highest honors, a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This distinction is a measure of our efficiency, sustainability and transparency. It sends the message that supporters can give to our cause with confidence.

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is November 30 – Support Free Skin Cancer Screenings & Education

One in five Americans develop skin cancer, and two people die every hour from this relentless disease. Every day of the year, tens of thousands of people turn to The Skin Cancer Foundation for information, education and support. You can help.

#GivingTuesday is a perfect day to team up with us to save and improve lives, by funding free skin cancer screenings, patient education and pioneering research.

Thank you for supporting us in the fight against skin cancer.

On Black Friday & Cyber Monday: You Shop, Amazon Gives
Support The Skin Cancer Foundation through Amazon SmileThroughout the holiday season, Amazon Smile is a simple, automatic way for you to support The Skin Cancer Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you! 

Shop using our custom link and select The Skin Cancer Foundation as your charity of choice. You'll find the exact same prices and vast selection of products as when you visit 

The best part? AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to support The Skin Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving programs. No fees, no extra costs.

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