November 2021 Newsletter

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, our hearts are filled with gratitude. Together with our amazing community of skin cancer warriors and healthy skin champions, we’ve 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, amplifying our messages about early detection and sun protection, and donating to support our lifesaving work.

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

Our Warriors Share: #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. Here’s what our social media community has to say about what skin cancer means to them.

Skin Cancer: 
What does it mean to you?

“Skin cancer to me means resilience. It was scary hearing the words ‘You have melanoma.’ Then the weight of it all; it’s still heavy at times. I was fortunate mine was detected early enough to only require surgery. Making my family wear UPF clothing and hats in addition to sunscreen because I’m a melanoma survivor. A club I did not want to join but am now grateful for!” - Jocelyn S.

"Knowing you’re not alone and so many fighters and survivors who are standing with you." - Melissa S.

“My daughter losing her dad when she was 10. Me, widowed at 46. My husband’s fight for 5 years to stay here with us. All the things we didn’t get to do. All the things we can never say again.” – Nikki S.

“It means being vigilant. It means having great dermatologists identify precancerous areas on my skin and protecting me. It means protecting my children with knowledge that did not exist when I was young.” – Bill S.

“The anxiety-filled appointments for rechecks, wondering if it will happen yet again. Seeing friends go through it and hoping it never gets that bad for you. The love/hate relationship with the sun. The daily reminders when you see the scars, to put on a hat and use sunscreen. This is what skin cancer means to me.”
– Nana W.

“It means they found it in time… Stage 1A.” - Steve D.

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On the Blog

Basal Cell Carcinoma at Age 16 – Teen Warns: “Skin Cancer Can Happen to Anybody.”
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer, yet extremely rare in children and teens. But it can happen, as Laura Anne Page discovered when she was just 16 years old.

Get Your Skin Examined!
Have you had a doctor check your skin for signs of skin cancer this year? Have you ever had a skin exam? Be honest; we won’t judge.

Men: What’s Under That Beard?
It could be skin cancer, says Ali Hendi, MD, a dermatologist and skin cancer specialist in the Washington, DC, area. It’s the perfect time to talk about this facial hair aspect, since the Movember movement encourages men to skip shaving in November to raise awareness of health issues that can affect them.

Celebrities and Skin Cancer – They’re Just Like Us
Given the prevalence of skin cancer in the United States, it’s not surprising that so many celebrities have had the disease. In fact, one out of every five Americans is going to get skin cancer.

Skin cancer survivors and caregivers share, in their own powerful words, what it’s like to live with and beyond skin cancer. Their goal is to educate about the dangers of the disease and give hope to the newly diagnosed.

Top Rated Nonprofit Award

Thanks to our amazing community The Skin Cancer Foundation earned the 2022 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits. This honor means the world to us because we received it by earning the trust of our community. 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.

#GivingTuesday is November 29 – Support Skin Cancer Screenings & Education

One in five Americans develop skin cancer, and two people die from it every hour. Countless more people suffer as a result of this common, often devastating disease. When people turn to The Skin Cancer Foundation for information, education and support, we’re here to help. On #GivingTuesday, you can help too!

Here are some downloadable images for you to share in a social post or a #GivingTuesday fundraiser. Your #GivingTuesday support funds free skin cancer screenings, patient education and pioneering research.

Thank you for joining us on #GivingTuesday!

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.

Monthly Giving

Join our community of monthly donors and become a member of the Skin Protection Fund (SPF). Your recurring gift will steadily support the lifesaving programs of the Foundation and help us educate the public and the medical community about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment. Learn more and donate here.


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