Welcome to MelanomaFoundation.com


From the Surgeon General…

Deadly Skin Cancer Cases Jump 200 Percent Since 1973


Message From Our Founder and President,

Deborah K. Schwarzberg

"I founded the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to educate the public in order to prevent people from becoming victims to melanoma and so that others wouldn't lose their loved ones to this dreaded and deadly, yet avoidable, disease. Please explore our website and join us in the fight to help educate the public about the dangers of exposure to the sun and how prevention and early detection can save lives."

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation is a non-profit organization involved in skin cancer education. We educate the community through our SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum which provides school-based learning on sun safety and skin cancer. SunSmart America™, meets existing requirements in science, health, physical education and language arts. We also provide other SunSmart America™ programs through this interactive website.

This site aims to provide a wealth of information for educators, parents, students and individuals who have been affected by this disease. This includes:

  • Important medical and scientific information about skin cancer – types of skin cancer, early detection techniques, statistics of skin cancer in the United States, UV radiation and UV Index.
  • Training opportunities – SunSmart America™ Teacher/School Nurse Training for teachers, school nurses and daycare workers. SunSmart America™ Student Training for middle and high school students.
  • School Programs – SunSmart America™ Schools – Sun Safety Policy Program is a program to assist schools in developing a sun safety policy. Students Against Melanoma (SAM) is a student program where students teach their peers about sun safety.
  • SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum – This curriculum includes sun safety lessons, student activities and a pre & post test to measure student’s knowledge of sun safety. This curriculum meets existing requirements in science, health, physical education and language arts.

Recent Articles

Skin Cancer Prevention

Patient-reported frequency of acral surface inspection during skin examination in white and ethnic minority patients

Sun exposure, vitamin D levels and mortality

The association of indoor tanning and melanoma in adults: Systematic review and meta-analysis.

Indoor Tanning

Congressional Report Exposes Tanning Industry's Misleading Messaging to Teens

Medical research funding and patient access to treatments

Measuring Sun Damage at the Grocery Store

Academy emphasizes recommendations to educate about skin cancers in people of color

Understanding of stem cell development helps produce skin cancer therapies