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To support medical RESEARCH for finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma. To EDUCATE patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. To act as an ADVOCATE for the melanoma community to raise the awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma.

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News, statistics and interesting sun and melanoma related facts!

Bob Marley & Melanoma

Many people don't know it, but legendary musician Bob Marley died, at age 36, of malignant melanoma.  His primary tumor was on his toe and discovered after a soccer injury.  While African Americans and Hispanics are less likely to develop melanoma, their mortality rates are much higher.  The two main reasons for the lowered survival rate: misdiagnosis and late detection.  Like in the case of Bob Marley, melanomas on dark skin often occur on feet, palms and nails. And because of the location of these moles, they are commonly misdiagnosed as plantar warts or talon noir (dark nail).  Having dark skin is like walking around everyday wearing an SPF of 7, which isn't enough to completely protect you from UV rays. It's important for everyone to be aware of any changes in moles or dark spots and see a dermatologist once a year for a full body check.  If you have dark skin, pay particular attention to the above mentioned areas.