How Genetics and Family History Contribute to Melanoma Risk

By Rachel Fischer, Ph.D., Associate Director, Scientific Program & Registry | 11 July 2023 In Science

If you have a family history of melanoma, you may be worried about how much genetics – traits passed down from biological parents to their children – contribute to your risk of developing melanoma, or other skin cancers.

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MRA's RARE Registry for Acral & Mucosal Melanoma Surpasses 100-Patient Milestone

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Senior Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 10 July 2023 In Melanoma Stories, News, Science

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, today announced that the RARE Registry for acral and mucosal melanoma has officially surpassed 100 patients, making it the largest registry of its kind in the world and marking an important milestone in advancing cutting-edge research for these rare and difficult-to-treat melanoma subtypes.

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How Biomarkers Are Used in Melanoma

29 June 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Prevention, Science, Treatment

The term “biomarker” is a frequent buzz word in cancer care circles, but many patients do not understand what a biomarker is and how they are used in the clinic. At the MRA 2022 Patient Forum, Dr. David Polsky of New York University took away much of the mystery surrounding biomarkers by deftly explaining what they are and how they enter the market, as well as by showing how physicians use biomarkers to guide therapy and predict outcomes in their patients.

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Andrew Smith: Father, Veteran, and Melanoma Survivor

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 25 June 2023 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention, Treatment

Andrew Smith was 37 years old when his wife Anna noticed an odd-looking spot on his nose and encouraged him to get it checked out. While this father of three wasn’t particularly concerned, he did bring it up with his primary care physician to assure his wife that everything was okay.

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Melanoma Detection in the Digital Age: Total Body Photography

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 20 June 2023 In Science

In most cases, the earlier a melanoma is found and treated, the better the patient’s outcome. That’s why learning what to look for, performing monthly self-checks, and getting a clinical skin exam if you are at high risk for melanoma or other skin cancers is so important.

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Melanoma Awareness Month: In Case You Missed It

By Renee Orcione, MRA Digital Engagement & Communications Manager | 13 June 2023 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories, News, Science

Last month, the entire melanoma community came together to recognize Melanoma Awareness Month, hear from leaders in the field, connect with other advocates, and spread awareness of melanoma and the importance of prevention and early detection.

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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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