Connecting the Dots: MRA’s 2017-2018 Annual Report

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 30 October 2018 In Melanoma Stories, News, Prevention, Treatment

In our 2017/18 report, we are proud to showcase many key achievements from the past year. Check out the annual report to learn more about the research we’ve funded, the partnerships we’ve forged, the progress we’ve made and the donors who help to make it all possible.

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Improving the Lives of Melanoma Survivors

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 15 October 2018 In Prevention, Science

Melanoma survivors are at a 9-fold increased risk of developing another melanoma. Unfortunately, 20% of survivors reported a sunburn in the past year and 10% intentionally went outside for a tan – both strong predictors of inappropriate sun exposure.

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Health Literacy Month: How to Ask Your Doctor about Melanoma Clinical Trials

10 October 2018 In Allies & Partnerships, Treatment

If you’ve ever had a hard time understanding your doctor or following directions on a medicine bottle, you’re definitely not alone. Understanding health information is a challenge for at least 90 million Americans today. In honor of Health Literacy Month, we highlighted some of the ways patients can be feel empowered to ask questions and access better care.

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Older Patients Do Better on Immunotherapy

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 8 October 2018 In Science, Treatment

In Dr. Weeraratna's study, older patients did better on immunotherapy than younger patients. This surprising result is the opposite of what was expected.

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For Kimberly, Clinical Trials Were a Leap of Faith

1 October 2018 In Melanoma Stories

Kimberly was just 19-years-old when she noticed the black “freckle” on her foot. But it wasn’t until she was 22-years-old and pregnant with her first child that her “freckle” became a cause for concern.

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Ipilimumab Cured Dan Engel He’s Committed to Paying it Forward

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 24 September 2018 In Melanoma Stories

Dan needed a miracle. At this point, he’d had six surgeries on his neck, endured radiation therapy, and been enrolled in five clinical trials. Dan’s miracle came in 2006 in the form of an experimental drug, ipilimumab or anti-CTLA4 antibody, that would later be named Yervoy. This drug would later become the first new FDA-approved melanoma treatment in 13 years.

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Right Place, Right Time, Right Trial

10 September 2018 In Melanoma Stories, Treatment

Jonathan is cancer free because he was in the right place at the right time to be enrolled in a clinical trial. Read his story.

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Are you #SunSavvy365?

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 4 September 2018 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

​It’s easy to think of sunscreen when you are lounging by a pool, but did you know that it’s important to protect yourself and those you love every day of the year? That’s why MRA partnered with the Melanoma Action Coalition to create #SunSavvy365, a social media campaign that reminds us to protect our skin whether we are making sand castles or snowmen.

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Using Zebrafish to Shed New Light on Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 29 August 2018 In Science

Dr. Liz Patton, a MRA-funded cancer researcher at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh, is fascinated by learning how things work. Patton has focused her research on better understanding how melanocytes – the cells in our skin that provide us our coloring – develop, divide, migrate, and in some unfortunate circumstances, proliferate uncontrollably turning into melanoma. Her work is providing critical insight into the origin of melanoma and what spurs melanoma to spread throughout the body.

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Barriers to Safety: The Push for Sunscreen Access in Schools

By Charles Brodine, MRA Intern | 17 August 2018 In Prevention

Why are there laws against having sunscreen in school in over half of U.S. states? All it takes is one sunburn during childhood to doublethe risk of melanoma in adulthood. And yet, as of July 2018, only 16 states have passed laws that allow kids to have sunscreen in school. This is a serious problem with a common-sense solution, so what’s the hold up?

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