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Mindfulness During the Holidays: Tips for the Melanoma Community

By Stephanie Kauffman, MRA President & COO | 14 December 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

While the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends, the season can quickly go from joyful to stressful for those living with a melanoma diagnosis. We have some suggestions on navigating the holidays

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Clinical Trials to Watch: December 2023

By Joan Levy, PhD - MRA Chief Science Officer | 13 December 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, News, Science, Treatment

Treatment of advanced melanoma has dramatically improved over the past decade with 16 new therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even with these treatment advances, 50% of patients with advanced melanoma will either not respond to any of these treatments or their disease will progress creating a...

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Shop for the Holidays and Give Back to MRA

By Laurel Farr, MRA Development Associate | 12 December 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

The MRA community has given us so much throughout 2023 and we wanted to give back this holiday season with some tips, ideas, and discounts to help make your holiday gift-giving more meaningful and memorable. MRA’s incredible partners offer fantastic products that not only make thoughtful presents but also contribute to melanoma research. Here is our quick guide to meaningful and memorable gifts with special discounts for the MRA community.

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Registration Now Open: MRA's 2024 Patient Forum

11 December 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Registration for MRA's Melanoma Exchange Patient Forum, held in-person in Washington DC and virtually on Wednesday, February 21, is now open. Register now to hear from leading experts in the melanoma field and have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss, and network with other people who are going through their own melanoma journey.

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Perseverance through Advanced Melanoma: Clay Hummer

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 15 November 2023 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Clay Hummer is no stranger to perseverance, and his journey to today was not always easy. He gave up a career in law that he worked hard for to get completely sober and start a fresh chapter, moving to Texas in his 40s where he met the love of his life Christi. So, when he was diagnosed with melanoma shortly after his move, he knew quite a bit about overcoming a challenge.

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Artificial Intelligence and Imaging in Melanoma Care: An Update

13 November 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Prevention, Science, Treatment

An early melanoma diagnosis is more likely to have a positive outcome than one diagnosed later. That’s a fact, but patients often delay having skin lesions checked for a variety of reasons, including long wait times to see a dermatologist—if they can even find one close by.

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A Message from Our CEO on Veterans Day

By Marc Hurlbert, PhD, MRA Chief Executive Officer | 11 November 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Policy, Prevention, Science, Treatment

On this Veterans Day, we want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the brave individuals who have served and sacrificed for our country. We also want to use today to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by veterans when it comes to increased risk of developing melanoma,...

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Melanoma Risk in the Military Community

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 9 November 2023 In News, Prevention, Science, Treatment

Ahead of Veterans Day, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) wishes to recognize the brave individuals who have served and sacrificed for our country. As the largest private nonprofit funder of melanoma research worldwide, we are keenly aware of the important intersection between military service and melanoma.

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Navy Veteran Ashlynn Soellner's Melanoma Journey

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 8 November 2023 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention, Treatment

Shortly after her active-duty career in the Navy came to an end, Ashlynn began noticing new moles on her body. She scheduled an appointment with her dermatologist, where a lesion on her shoulder was biopsied. Just a couple weeks later, she received an official diagnosis: she had melanoma. “You never think cancer will happen to you, especially when you are young. I was in complete shock,” said Ashlynn.

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What Veteran's Day Means to the MRA Team

6 November 2023 In News, Prevention

In observation of Veteran's Day - November 11 - we asked the MRA team to create short videos explaining what the day means for them and what they want Veterans and other military personnel to know about their risk for melanoma, other skin cancers, and the importance of sun safety.

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