Having Melanoma Made Me a Better Dermatologist: Dr. Beth Strow’s Story

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 29 May 2023 In Melanoma Stories

Dr. Beth Strow’s path to dermatology was neither short nor simple, but it was exactly where she was meant to end up. In fact, her first step into the medical field was as a nurse, when she worked for some time at Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern University.

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Tackling Treatment-Resistant Disease

22 May 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Science, Treatment

The melanoma field has made incredible progress over the past decade in its ability to treat patients with advanced melanoma. This includes patients with tumors that cannot be entirely removed by surgery and patients whose tumors have spread to other parts of the body, referred to as metastatic melanoma.

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SPOTMYUV® Takes the Guesswork Out of Sunscreen

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Senior Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 16 May 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

Your skin is your body's largest organ, protecting you from external bacteria and chemicals while also helping regulate your body temperature. Simply put, your skin is your body's first line of defense.

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Miss Atlanta’s Teen: A Voice for Melanoma Awareness and Prevention

By Laurel Farr, MRA Development Associate | 10 May 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

Mara Eva Cline is not your average high school senior. That’s because, in addition to going to class and hanging out with friends, Mara Eva is also the proud pageant titleholder of Miss Atlanta’s Teen. Over the past three years – as she competed at various pageants – she has...

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MRA Announces $6.3 Million in Grants to Advance Melanoma Prevention, Detection & Treatment

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Senior Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 1 May 2023 In News, Prevention, Science, Treatment

In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), announced its new $6.3 million commitment to fund melanoma research, supporting 24 scientists at leading academic and medical institutions across the US and Europe. MRA-funded research spans the entire spectrum of the disease including melanoma prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and metastatic disease.

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JD Durkin: An Early-Stage Melanoma & Redefining His Relationship with the Sun

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 26 April 2023 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention

As he entered his 30s, skin exams and biopsies were a regular and frequent occurrence in J.D. Durkin’s life. Growing up with many irregular moles, he started seeing his dermatologist regularly at just 10-years old. Unfortunately for J.D., this meant many excisional biopsies.

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Make a Difference this Melanoma Awareness Month

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 24 April 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Prevention

Melanoma Awareness Month, held each May, is an opportunity to join forces with other melanoma advocates to raise awareness of melanoma, the importance of early detection, and the many ways to practice sun safety. MRA has an exciting month of activities planned - and we hope you can join us! Read more to learn about all the ways you can get involved and make a difference this Melanoma Awareness Month.

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Trust Your Gut & Other Tips for Facing Melanoma

20 April 2023 In Events, Melanoma Stories, Treatment

Whether new to melanoma or well into your journey — as a patient, survivor, or caregiver — practical tips, strategies, and advice were shared at the 2022 MRA Melanoma Exchange Patient and Advocate Forum. Speakers at the Forum discussed what types of providers to seek, how to find information about your disease, how to advocate...

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TIL Therapy in Melanoma: Where We Stand

By Tanisha Jackson, PhD - MRA Scientific Program Director | 4 April 2023 In Science, Treatment

Despite the incredible progress made to develop new treatment options for melanoma, almost 50% of patients are still not responding to the latest approved therapies. To address this important unmet need for patients with difficult to treat melanoma, clinicians are looking to new strategies including cellular therapy.

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Melanoma Clinical Trials to Watch: March 2023

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Senior Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 27 March 2023 In News, Science, Treatment

Clinical trials, and the patient volunteers who make them possible, are critical to advancing melanoma research. In the Melanoma Clinical Trials to Watch article series, we’ll regularly highlight clinical trials that are currently recruiting patients, have recently shared exciting updates, or are blazing new trails.

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