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Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.
Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.


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Do Your Clothes Protect You From UV Rays?

While daily use of sunscreen is important, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends clothing as first line of defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Different items of clothing can affect how well you are protected.

To view the 5 criteria to consider when choosing clothing to protect against UV rays visit :

Remember, no single type of sun protection is complete in and of itself; The Skin Cancer Foundation advises you to use clothing, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and shade together for all-around sun safety.

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Sunscreen in Florida Schools

Florida will finally be joining the list of states that allows students to use sunscreen at school. For years sunscreen has been viewed as an over the counter drug similar to Advil and Aspirin by the FDA. Because of this categorization and the concern that some students could potentially have allergic reactions to the sunscreen, schools have required a doctor’s note on file with the nurse’s office before use.

Now, with the passing of the large educational bill in which this sunscreen rule was a part, students will be able to bring their own sunscreen from home for personal use. This will be of great benefit to those students who have fairer skin or who participate in outdoor activities during and after school. We are so happy to report that this very important step has just been taken in the effort to become a Sun Smart Nation!

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Avalon provides beachgoers with free sunscreen

July 20, 2018, 4PM EST
Avalon resident Elyse Focht doesn’t worry about forgetting sunblock at the beach anymore because the Cape May County borough is providing it for free.

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“With my skin I burn very easily,” she said. “In fact I’ve had a couple skin melanomas removed myself.”

Which is why Focht presented Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl with the idea this past spring after she learned about the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation’s efforts to distribute sunscreen dispensers at schools, parks, beaches and other outdoor areas.

The borough added the sunscreen dispensers in May. There’s another one located about nine blocks away at a children’s park. It’s become so popular that Avalon has had to refill the dispensers several times already. Just to put that in perspective, once a dispenser is filled up, it can provide up to 2,000 squirts before it’s emptied out.

Wahl says Avalon paid for the dispensers and the foundation provided an initial, huge supply of sunscreen.

“When we saw the sunscreen dispensers, they are a school bus yellow and instantly your eyes are attracted to them, so we thought that this would be an outstanding opportunity for parents to have discussions with their children. In the event they forgot their sunblock heading to a day at the beach, we provide for them,” Wahl said.

“By simply protecting yourself with sunscreen, especially early in life, you can probably reduce your chances of skin cancer, some estimates are 50 to 80 percent,” said dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Paolini. “Compared to early in my career, say in the late 80s to now, we’re probably increased 50 to 70 percent the incidents of skin cancer.”

Paolini thinks that’s due to increased sun exposure and better detection by health care professionals.

“I always say that if someone could spend a week in my office just seeing the patients that come in with skin cancer they’d have an entirely different view on how good it is to get a tan in the summertime,” he said.

The New Jersey Department of Health indicates 2,349 residents were diagnosed with melanoma of the skin in 2015. Nationwide more than 5.4 million non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year. That’s more than all other cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society.

Wahl says Avalon’s sunscreen dispensers are getting a tremendous amount of attention.

“This here is great because sometimes you’re busy. You have kids and you forgot,” said Pennsylvania resident Boo Smith.

“Other towns have noticed, too. Immediately we get calls from other towns saying, ‘how did you do it, what’s it all about, how do we get involved in this,'” said Wahl.

Focht hopes these little yellow dispensers will make a big impact. Her hope?

“Just to keep as many people away from getting skin cancer as possible. If this stops somebody from picking something up then it’s great. We’ve done our job,” she said.

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Are You Applying Sunscreen The Right Way?

Applying sunscreen may seem easy and straight forward, however it is easy to miss key areas of our bodies. According to a consumer Reports article by Sally Wadyka “No matter how diligent you are with your sun protection, little lapses can leave certain spots vulnerable to sun damage and even skin cancer.” She points out that the scalp, ears, eyelids, lips, hands, back of neck, back and feet are the most commonly overlooked areas of the body.

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The FDA Announces That Sunscreen Pills Are A Scam and Fake

There’s no such thing as a sunscreen pill, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, telling companies that sell them to stop. “There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen,” FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

“We’ve found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren’t delivering the advertised benefits. Instead they’re misleading consumers, and putting people at risk. Today we sent warning letters to companies illegally marketing pills and capsules labeled as dietary supplements that make unproven drug claims about protecting consumers from the harms that come from sun exposure without meeting the FDA’s standards for safety and effectiveness.”

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Tips for Protecting Kids from Sunburns

Keeping kids safe from sunburns and exposure to the sun is a priority of the RDK Melanoma Foundation. As we head into summer time, it is important to follow the advice below to prevent skin damage from the sun.

According to Tanya Altmann and Tiffany Fischman, “The best protection from the sun is limiting direct exposure during the peak-intensity hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.” In addition, “Apply sunscreen, of course, to any exposed skin, but also have your child wear sun-protective clothing. Look for clothing rated with an ultraviolet protective factor (UPF) of at least 30, which will block the most harmful rays.”

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RDK declares it Don’t Fry Day

The Friday before Memorial Day, as “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness

Friday is Don’t Fry Day
To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

- Do Not Burn or Tan
- Seek Shade
- Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
- Get Vitamin D Safely

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

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Daily Aspirin Linked To Double Melanoma Risk In Men

According to a Northwestern Medicine study, men who take daily aspirin have double the risk of melanoma. However, the study also determined that women who take daily aspirin do not have an increased risk of melanoma. The study was published April 27 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation Collaborates with Palm Beach County Schools

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – May 10, 2018 – The Month of May is nationally recognized as skin cancer awareness month and the first Monday in May is known as Melanoma Monday. In support of this vital public service message, the Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation collaborated with schools throughout Palm Beach County Florida to implement a fun and educational contest for students “RDK Melanoma Monday Art contest”.

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation’s mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especiallymelanoma. The Foundation’s vision is to educate children throughout the country and give them the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives. As the Foundation grows they will continue to advocate for school districts throughout the country to require sun safety education as part of their curriculum.

“Congratulations to all the schools, teachers, students and principals that participated in the 2018 RDK Melanoma Monday Art contest,” said Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of RDK Melanoma Foundation. “We were so impressed by the amazing artwork submitted this year and the clear message of being sunsafe in all the submissions. This educational art contest provides vital information for young people about early detection and awareness of melanoma, and sun safety tips- so greatly needed in the Sunshine State,” Ostrau added.

The student winners of this year’s contest from Palm Beach County include:

Grades K-5: 1st place - Skyler Fain Sunset Palms Elementary School; 2nd place- McKinley Cupit, Beacon Cove Elementary; and 3rd place - Regan McGinnis, Beacon Cove Elementary School. Honorable Mention (1)- Jackson Lynch, Beacon Cove Elementary. Honorable Mention (2)- Lindsey Gammill, Beacon Cove Elementary and Honorable Mention (3)- Sarah Kranz, Meyer Academy.

1st place winner, Skyler Fain
Grades 6-8: 1st place- Arianna Barona, LC Swain Middle School; 2nd place - Jariah Irizarry, LC Swain Middle School; 3rd place- Autumn Saunders, Woodland Middle School. Honorable Mention - Aidan Skolnick, Meyer Academy.

1st place winner, Arianna Barona
Grades 9-12: 1st place - Antonio Ruiz, Lake Worth High School; 2nd place- Timothy Phung, Park Vista High School and 3rd place- Miguel Zurita, Lake Worth High School. Honorable Mention- Isabela Valdes, The Benjamin School and Cameron Pirozzi, The Benjamin School.

1st place winner, Antonio Ruiz
Awards will be presented to the student winners of the 2018 RDK Melanoma Monday Art Contest on May 17, 2018 from 3-6pm at The School District of Palm Beach County Boardroom located at 3300 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida.

This initiative, as well as the foundation’s SunSmart America™ K-12 curriculum, programs and resources, has enabled RDK Melanoma Foundation to win thirteen Gold Triangle Awards from the American Academy of Dermatology. One person dies from melanoma every fifty minutes; with education, melanoma is almost 100% preventable!

About Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation:

The Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation has been working locally and nationally for over 23 years to educate students grades K-12 on the importance of sunsafe behavior and raise awareness about the life-saving techniques for early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma, its deadliest form. Their newest initiative involves the distribution of sunscreen dispensers in parks, beaches, schools, and outdoor areas, where sun exposure is excessive. The unique Students Against Melanoma (SAM) Clubs in middle and high school, and the SunSmart America™ curricula, programs, and resources, have educated hundreds of thousands of students, families and communities on sun safety behaviors and techniques for prevention and early detection of skin cancer. Today RDK and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt are working to build sun safe cities and baseball stadiums by supporting the distribution of sunscreen dispensers, building off the successful program launched in Philadelphia in spring 2017. Deborah Kann Schwarzberg is Founder and President of the RDK Melanoma Foundation.

To learn more visit or call 561-655-9655.

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All in all, even though trying to get skin-care has been a very difficult experience for many people, there are many new and exciting programs being developed to make it much more accessible. WH encourages you when you schedule an appointment to choose your words carefully in order to make sure you are seen in an appropriate amount of time. Mentioning your concern that your spot may be melanoma can drastically change the way your appointment is handled. Do not let your concerns be ignored.

Thank you so much to the Women’s Health Team for the hard work and dedication put into this investigation! And a huge thank you to all the doctors and researchers for helping them gather this crucial information!

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