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May 9, 2019 | April Pulliam

Skin Checks: My How You’ve Changed

Skin checks have always been important to me. As a preteen, I obsessed over examining my skin–looking in all the right places including my back, stomach, hairline, and even my feet. I left no stone unturned– no area unchecked.

April 1, 2019 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

The Melanoma Education Foundation Presents An Evening with the Singing Trooper

The Melanoma Education Foundation will present An Evening with the Singing Trooper, a Benefit Concert in Memory of Keri McCarthy, taking place at Anthony’s of Malden featuring Dan Clark, the Singing Trooper.

March 5, 2019 | Marianne Banister, Claire's Mother

Claire’s Story

No worries, they said. “Kids don’t get melanoma.” They were wrong.

February 21, 2019 | Amanda Carpenter, MEF Ambassador

“That will never happen to me.”

Like so many teenagers, I sat in the sun for hours slathered in tanning oil. I promised my mother I would wear sunscreen, but my blistering red skin always revealed my lie.

November 15, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

MEF Evening of Perspectives

In addition to the wonderful food, music and auction, MEF also used this event as a platform to recognize members of the medical and educational community who have demonstrated a commitment to our mission of providing education focused on Melanoma early detection and prevention.

October 12, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

The Impact of MEF Melanoma Lessons

The goal of this survey was to gain insight into how high school students, middle school students, and teachers were impacted by the MEF Melanoma Lessons presented in their schools. Here is what we found…

August 29, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

The Myths of Melanoma: Part 1

August 13, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

The ABCDs or EFGs of Melanoma

A visual guide to help identify suspicious skin blemishes.

July 27, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

The Melanoma Equation and Early Detection

July 13, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

The Fairest Kids of All…Need to Do More to Protect Their Skin from Melanoma

Think that it is enough to apply sunscreen for your family beach days, kids soccer games or just doing yard work on the weekend? Think again.

June 4, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Non-Melanoma Black Skin Growths

It is important to understand that suspicious-appearing growth often turn out to be either benign, or a lesser form of skin cancer, than the potentially lethal melanoma.

May 25, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

No Clean Pill of Health: A Skin Cancer Scam

In the 19th century, they were called “Snake-Oil Salesmen”; men who traveled from town-to-town pitching useless beverages that they touted as the cure for whatever ails you. They still exist today…

May 19, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Can UV Curing of Fingernail Gels Cause Melanoma?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Yet there is still a long way to go to educate the public and dispel myths.

May 11, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Is a Daily Aspirin Regimen a New Melanoma Risk for Men?

Aspirin, a derivative of tree bark, has in one form or another been used to reduce pain in people for millennia. New research has revealed an awful side-effect for men who take aspirin on a regular basis.

May 4, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Four Ways to Save Lives from Melanoma

everal highly-effective ways exist with which to reach out and educate countess people instantaneously. This blog post focuses on four specific methods to get the message on melanoma out to a wide audience.

April 27, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Unlike advanced melanoma, tBasal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is rarely fatal. However, it can cause extensive skin damage and should be taken seriously.

April 6, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Dog-gone Wow! Canines Can Smell Skin Cancer, Melanoma

It has often been said that dogs are Man’s Best Friend. But the truth is that, within the world of medicine, they’re everyone’s best friend.

March 31, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Atypical Moles vs. Melanoma

Many people know that melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. But what are atypical moles? Are they cancerous?

March 22, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

15 Minutes Could Save You 15 Lives or More

The goals of our mission are two-fold: teach teens how to look for and report any potential skin cancer, and teach them how they can protect themselves from getting it in the first place.

March 8, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Melanoma Questions: A True or False Quiz

Take the Melanoma Quiz—even if you guess incorrectly, you’ll still come out way ahead by having educated yourself about melanoma.

February 28, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Save Lives from Melanoma by Running the New York City Marathon

The Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF) is proud to be entering our 8th straight year as an official charity partner of the New York Road Runners Association (NYRR).

February 24, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Window Pain: A Clear Connection to Melanoma

Unprotected exposure to UV rays while driving can cause skin damage and melanoma, which can eventually lead to the same unfortunate result as a fatal car wreck.

February 16, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Melanoma Myths

Some myths can be fun or interesting. Myths about health and disease, however, are a whole different ballgame. Believing the wrong ones can lead to injury, sickness and even death.

February 11, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Occupational Risk of Melanoma

We rarely hear of any connections between specific vocations and melanoma, but such relationships do exist.

February 2, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Melanoma Potpourri

A melanoma refresher: review your knowledge of preventing and identifying this dangerous form of skin cancer.

January 26, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

Eye Freckles: A New Melanoma Risk Factor in Younger Individuals

Most people walking along a train track would step off it if they saw a train coming at them. Spotting but then ignoring a melanoma is like seeing that train, and then watching it as it runs right through, and destroys, your body.

January 18, 2018 | Stephen Fine, Founder and President

All Skin Cancer Lessons are not Created Equal

When trying to educate adolescents and teens about skin cancer, it’s very important that the information presented is not only correct, but also properly focused. Words that fall on pri