Four Ways to Save Lives from Melanoma

There is no ineffective way to relay (accurate) information about melanoma, as discussing it with even one other person has the potential to save a life. But today’s world is a much different place than it was only a few years ago. Now, several highly-effective ways exist with which to reach out and educate countess […]

15 Minutes Could Save You 15 Lives or More

It’s great hearing that we may be able to save some money by switching car insurance companies. But how much greater would it be to take those same 15 minutes and, with very little effort, save lives? Hands Across America Since 1999, the non-profit public charity Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF) has worked tirelessly to educate […]

Melanoma Questions: A True or False Quiz

We know that taking a quiz was rarely an eagerly anticipated moment during your years in school. However, this one’s different. There’s absolutely no way to fail. Even if you guess incorrectly on a question(s), you’ll still come out way ahead by having educated yourself about melanoma. Melanoma is a potentially lethal, but mostly preventable, […]

Melanoma Potpourri

There is always something new to learn about melanoma, and skin cancer in general. Through this blog, we’re able to continually reach countless people with these updates and contribute to the public’s education on the subject. We also know that it’s important to occasionally look back and help refresh memories on the basics of this […]

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 primarily deaf ears are useless; rendering the material ineffective. How do We Know? The Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF) was founded by its president Stephen Fine in […]

Toenail and Fingernail Melanoma

Toenail and Fingernail Melanoma, (more commonly known as Subungual Melanoma) is a rare type of the disease that falls within the Acral Lentiginous Melanoma classification. Like Ocular Melanoma, subungual is one of the few melanomas that medical science does not believe to be caused by UV (ultraviolet) ray exposure. Where on the Body is Subungual […]

Melanoma on the Scalp

Six percent of melanomas develop on the scalp and neck but are responsible for 10% of all deaths resulting from the disease. The specific reasons for this remain unclear, but the scientific community does have a couple of hypotheses. In most patients, abnormal moles and skin growths are hard to see because they’re covered by […]

Important New Information on Spotting Nodular Melanoma

A few decades ago, New York-based dermatologists created a simple, effective mnemonic device to help people remember what to look for when performing their monthly skin cancer self-examinations. How simple? It’s (now) just the first 5 letters of the alphabet: ABCDE. The letters stand for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Evolving. Advances throughout medical science […]

Melanoma Does Not Discriminate: The Story of Jacqueline Smith

One of the more difficult tasks when educating the public about melanoma, is helping to dispel the notion that it’s a “whites only” disease. While it’s true that whites are statistically much more susceptible to melanoma, it can develop in any person from any race. What’s also not widely known is, for various reasons, while […]

A Melanoma Menu

There is a lot to learn about melanoma. On the surface, it’s a fairly-straightforward subject; yet it’s also one that carries with it many important subtopics. This piece consists of selections from our previously published posts on the subject. To view the original Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF) article on any of the topics below, simply […]