This nonprofit, public foundation is concerned with increasing public awareness of the sun's harmful rays and stresses the importance of preventive measures against the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. The Foundation encourages people to recognize skin cancer early, when detection and prompt treatment hold the best chance for effective management and survival. The Foundation conducts public and medical education programs and provides support for medical research on skin cancer. Under the Foundation's aegis, skin cancer authorities from here and abroad recurrently meet in a World Congress on Cancers of the Skin to exchange views and present findings from their clinical studies and basic research into the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin cancer.
The Foundation publishes and distributes comprehensive brochures, pamphlets, posters, books, and guidelines to both health professionals and the public. Serial publications: The Melanoma News Letter (newsletter)--for medical investigators and practitioners; Sun and Skin News--deals with skin cancer and related subjects in non-technical terms; and the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal--a collection of articles by physicians, scientists, and lay writers on the subject. A video, "Skin Cancer: Preventable and Curable," is available as well as a slide presentation.
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