The JRD Foundation for Melanoma Research is a non-profit organization committed to raise funding for scientific research.
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Melanoma is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells which color the skin called melanocytes.
Melanoma may appear as a new growth or as a change in the size of an existing mole.
Melanoma is the leading cause of skin cancer related to death because it is likely to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body through the lymph or blood systems.
Every 57 minutes a person dies from melanoma.More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
As of September 2, 2014, ultraviolet (UV/UVA) tanning devices were reclassified by the FDA to moderate to high risk devices. The UVA rays emitted might increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Make sunscreen a daily habit; SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
Avoid exposure to strong midday sun whenever possible.
Wear protective clothing, long sleeves, long pants, and wide brim hats.
Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.
Have regular skin checks and never postpone seeing a dermatologist if you have a concern. Have your spouse or friend check the skin you cannot see.
Never use a tanning bed.
JRD ensures 100% of donations received go directly to research efforts for a cure for melanoma.
JRD Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)(3) private charitable foundation. All donations are tax deductible.