Category: Prevention


Bronze Bodies and Black Lungs: Five Ways the Tanning and Tobacco Industries Use the Same Playbook

17 March 2019 In Prevention, Science

Dr. Alan Blum has crusaded against the tobacco industry for 30 years and now he's taking aim at the tanning industry. According to Blum, both the tobacco and tanning industries exploit people in similar ways, by targeting youth, downplaying their own corporate responsibility, infiltrating pop-culture, and indeed, by becoming prolific icons.

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It’s Not that Simple: Young Women and Melanoma

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 15 February 2019 In Prevention, Science

Article after article describes the ‘skyrocketing’ increases in melanoma among young women. While most are quick to point out the clear association between intentional tanning and skin cancer, few ever hint that there may be more to the story.

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Make Your Sun Safety Habit Stick: La Roche Posay’s My Skin Track UV

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 3 January 2019 In Allies & Partnerships, Prevention

Last month’s arrival of La Roche Posay’s My Skin Track UV may be just what the doctor ordered to help people understand the danger of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.

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Improving the Lives of Melanoma Survivors

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 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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Are you #SunSavvy365?

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 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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Barriers to Safety: The Push for Sunscreen Access in Schools

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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Choosing the Right Sunscreen - Your Questions Answered

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 2 August 2018 In Prevention

Bold claims and conflicting advice about what goes into a good sunscreen make it easy to feel overwhelmed when buying sunscreen. At MRA, we believe that the best sunscreen is one that you will wear. Provided that it meets three simple rules:

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Self-Care is Non-Negotiable: “How Early Detection Saved My Life”

15 July 2018 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention

Jackie Labrecque’s life changed with a single phone call when her dermatologist called to tell her that the mole that she tried to ignore for months was melanoma.

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Applying AI to Melanoma Detection

5 July 2018 In Prevention, Science

Is AI the future of detecting melanoma early, when it is easiest to cure?

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