MRF's Advocacy Initiatives

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) acts as an advocate for the melanoma community to raise public awareness of this deadly cancer and the need for a cure, and you can join us!

Key Asks

Department of Defense Funded Melanoma Research

  • $60 million for the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP), including melanoma as an eligable cancer, in the Fiscal 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill

Melanoma Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

  • Inclusion of melanoma-specific report language under the National Cancer Institute in the Fiscal 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill

Skin Cancer Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Include $5M for the Skin Cancer Prevention Activities of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Fiscal 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill

Access to Sunscreen in Schools

  • Secure additional House cosponsors to Congressman Dent's H.Res. 282, supporting State, local and community initiatives to encourage parents, teachers, camp counselors and childcare professionals to take measures to prevent sunburns in the minors they care for, and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that State, local and community entities should continue to support efforts to curb the incidences of skin cancer beginning with childhood skin protection.

Preserve the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Indoor Tanning Tax

  • This tax, which went into effect in July 2010, placed a 10% excise tax on U.S. indoor tanning salons.

Ban on Minors Use of Tanning Beds

Consensus Healthcare Reform Priniciples

  • Any reform measure must support a health care system that provides affordable, accessible, adequate and understandable health care coverage and preserves the coverage provided to millions through Medicare and Medicaid


Key Partnerships

The MRF works diligently with other patient advocacy groups and government at the local, state and federal levels to increase federal funding for melanoma research and skin cancer prevention programs through:

  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, including urging colleges and universities to commit to tan-free campuses.
  • The MRF works with The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as they fight for state level legislation that supports an under 18 ban on indoor tanning use, without exemptions like parental consent or doctor's referral
  • The MRF is a proud member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, and encourages everyone to participate in their annual Don't Fry Day campaign.
  • The MRF is also a member of the Public Access to Sunscreen Coalition (PASS), lobbying Congress to put pressure on the FDA to improve processes for approving sunscreen ingredients that have been safely used, and on the European Market for over 10 years.
  • The MRF is proud to partner with Friends of Cancer Research (Friends). Friends drives collaboration among partners from every healthcare sector to power advances in science, policy, and regulation that speed life-saving treatments to patients. During the past 20-plus years, Friends has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of policies ensuring patients receive the best treatments as quickly and safely as possible. Friends is proud to partner with the Melanoma Research Foundation on our Advocacy Education program through, providing patients and advocates with the tools necessary to effectively communicate with drug researchers, developers, and regulators.

Learn more about the aspects of the MRF’s advocacy work and how you can become an MRF Advocate.