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Skin Cancer Facts
o Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and one American dies from it every 45 minutes. (ACS, 2019)
o Deaths from melanoma continue to rise despite new therapies. (ACS, 2019)
o 72% of melanomas in children are found in girls between the ages of 15 to19. (Maguire-Eisen, 2016)
o Skin cancer is most commonly caused by overexposure to UV rays, either from the sun or indoor tanning devices. (CDC, 2018)
o 50% of children sunburn annually. (CDC, 2018)
o Sunburns in childhood are associated with melanoma in adulthood. (Tsao, 2007)

o CMPF is a 510 C (3) non-profit foundation started in 2003 by Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, an oncology and dermatology nurse.
o Mission: to prevent skin cancer one child at a time through education and advocacy.
o Board consists of specialists in healthcare, business, communication and technology.
o There are 5 trained SunAWARE educators, 2 FT staff members, 1 PT staff member, and two consultants.

SunAWARE Program
o SunAWARE Program is provided to 100,000 children and adults annually
o SunAWARE National K-12 Curriculum imeets or exceeds the Massachusetts State Frameworks, the National Common Core Curriculum, and the Next Generations Science Standards. It is available free-of-charge and may be downloaded from our website.
o Innovative technologies including a UV video camera, dermatoscope, and UV meters are utilized in school and community programs

o CMPF was instrumental in the passage of an indoor tanning ban for minors in Massachusetts in 2016.
o CMPF spearheaded a resolution proclaiming May as Skin Cancer Awareness and Detection Month in Massachusetts in 2018. The resolution recognizes Melanoma Monday (the first Monday in May) and Don’t Fry Day (the Friday before Memorial Day).

Initiatives and Partnerships
o Launched a totally redesigned website in 2018
o Successful Capital Campaign, Building Today for Tomorrow, to support build-out of new corporate office space and hiring of new staff.
o Boston Harbor Islands Initiative to train staff, visitors, and tourists, as well as provided free sunscreen and an educational bookmark.

Social Media Platforms and Handles

Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation
Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation


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