PARTNERS IN
PREVENTION.

Our Story

IMPACT Melanoma is the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to melanoma prevention and early detection.

Our team is passionate. Our purpose is clear. And most
importantly, our programs save lives. What started as the
Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation in 1999 has expanded
throughout the United States. While our operation has grown,
our dedication stays singularly focused: to create a future where
the consequences of melanoma become a thing of the past.

Real world solutions. Right now.

Unlike other non-profits working to combat melanoma,
funding basic medical research is not our goal. While research
is undoubtedly important, we concentrate on applying the vast
scientific knowledge already proven about melanoma, and
securing the resources to make an immediate impact. Not in
the future. Not tomorrow. Today. Our innovative programs and
strategic partnerships with donors and sponsors help reduce
incidence rates and the human costs of all types of skin cancer. If
you, or someone you love, is affected by this deadly disease, you
are not alone. IMPACT Melanoma is here to support you.

Here’s what we know today.

Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the US. There is a
notion that skin cancer is not as serious as other cancers, but in
reality melanoma takes the life of one person every hour. That’s
serious. And melanoma does not discriminate. It does not care
how old you are, what your economic status is, or even what color
your skin is. The second most common form of cancer in people
aged 15-29, this is definitely not just an “old person’s disease.”

Here is the good news. Unlike many other cancers, we already
know how to prevent most cases of melanoma through early
detection, prevention and education. As with smoking and lung
cancer, there is an established link between ultraviolet rays and
skin cancer, so we can reduce rates today by simply educating
the public about the dangers of sun and UV exposure. Despite
this knowledge, skin cancer rates continue to escalate, and it
demands action.

Improving Melanoma Prevention,
through Awareness, Care & Teaching

IMPACT Melanoma – a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization –
provides education, prevention, and support for the most serious form
of skin cancer. We are wholly dedicated to reducing the incidence of
melanoma through a variety of award winning prevention and early
detection programs, and providing support to patients and families
who are struggling with the disease.

A Medical Advisory Board and Board of Directors comprised of business
people, healthcare professionals, and leading melanoma specialists
provide guidance to IMPACT. Our fundraising events provide
funding for education and support programs aimed at prevention,
early detection, and support.

“Melanoma kills one person every 50 minutes.”

Our IMPACT

Science matters. Check out the following informative studies which help educate the public about melanoma and skin cancer across the globe.

CDC 2016 PROGRESS REPORT

Click here to read study

Reduced Melanoma After
Regular Sunscreen Use:
Randomized Trial Follow-Up

Click here to read study

Perception a key factor in
sunscreen habits

Click here to read study

The Skin is Your Largest Organ:
Keep it Safe!

In 2014, the Surgeon General touted skin cancer as a major public health
concern and initiated a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. IMPACT
Melanoma answered the call by introducing our Practice Safe Skin
program, which provides automatic sunscreen dispensers and Sun Safety
Stations nationwide.

These weather-resistant, low maintenance dispensers provide free
sunscreen and help increase sun safety awareness throughout our host
communities. Partnering with our Practice Safe Skin program grants you
access to all of our educational initiatives which have helped to prevent
melanoma for over 15 years.

“Regular sunscreen use is
known to prevent melanoma.”

In Partnership With

The Skin is Your Largest Organ:
Keep it Safe!

IMPACT dispensers and Sun Safety Stations have been placed in large
cities including Atlanta, New York, Boston, and Tampa, and in smaller
communities across all 50 states in a variety of settings, including

  • Construction Sites
  • Parks and Recreation Facilities
  • Pools and Splash Pads
  • Municipalities
  • Health Departments
  • Schools
  • Daycare Centers
  • Country Clubs

When it comes to making your community sun-safe, we’ve got you
covered. Let’s work together to bring life-saving sunscreen dispensers
and Sun Safety Stations to your town today!
#PracticeSafeSkin #SPFisYourBFF

Keeping Outdoor Workers Sun Safe

Did you know that outdoor workers receive up to 8 times more UV radiation than
indoor workers and have a 60% greater risk of developing skin cancer? In light of this
problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized
that safe workplaces promote ways to protect workers’ skin from harmful UV radiation.

IMPACT Melanoma is at the forefront of efforts to make outdoor workers safe in
the sun and smart about protecting their skin on the job. Our innovative Safe Skin
at Work program offers on-site and digital training and support to construction
companies, DPWs, Parks and Recreation personnel, and other businesses who employ
outdoor workers. We equip workplaces with our hands-free sunscreen dispensers,
which are customizable and adaptable to work in a variety of settings around the
workplace, including trucks for mobile sun safety. We coach business owners and
safety officers to create workplace policies and practices which protect their workers
from painful sunburns and dangerous skin cancer. We educate workers about the
risks of UV radiation and how to protect themselves on the job by making sunscreen
and protective clothing part of their Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”).

Want to bring Safe Skin to your workplace?

Provide Life-Saving Education to Your School

Your Skin Is In is an educational program for middle schools, high schools and colleges that encourages teens and young adults to make a personal promise that they will protect the skin they’re in. For over 10 years, IMPACT Melanoma has exposed almost a million students to this award-winning program.

There’s been a long running myth in our culture that tans make you look good, but tanning in fact is detrimental to your health. Using indoor tanning beds before the age of 35 may increase your risk of melanoma by 59 percent. This risk only increases with each additional use. To combat this myth, IMPACT launched Your Skin Is In to educate our nation’s youth about how to protect their skin from harmful UV radiation and love the skin they’re in.

“Melanoma is the second most
common form of cancer for
young people ages 15-29.”

Provide Life-Saving Education to Your School

  • Received the prestigious Gold Triangle Award
    from the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Reached almost 1 million students nationwide thus far
    including those enrolled at:

    • Major universities across the country
    • Numerous public high schools around the country

Interested in making an IMPACT through education in your community?
Learn more about how we work with our partners to launch these initiatives
in a school district or university near you.

Early Detection Matters

Over the past 10 years, IMPACT Melanoma has exposed almost a million students and teachers to this
award-winning, educational program. High school seniors and college students can also apply
for a scholarship through our ambassador program. Stipends available for teachers who use the
eLearning curriculum in their classrooms.

#YourSkinisin

Mary Lavery,

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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#YourSkinisin

Mary Lavery,

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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#YourSkinisin

Mary Lavery,

University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. “

#YourSkinisin

Mary Lavery,

University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. “

If you are a college student or high school senior you can become a
Your Skin Is In ambassador for your chance to win a $1000 scholarship!

Early Detection Matters

At IMPACT, we know that melanoma is highly treatable when caught early. So we have developed a program to put the power of early detection and education in the hands of millions of technicians within the spa and salon industry. Our Skinny On Skin initiative trains hairstylists, massage therapists, nail technicians and estheticians – who examine clients’ skin on a regular basis – to spot troublesome moles in places that clients can’t see themselves

When melanoma is detected at
an early stage, surgical removal
cures the disease in most cases.

Early Detection Matters

Skinny On Skin recognizes that skin and hair professionals are in a unique position to spot melanoma on a client long before anyone else. Based. Because head and neck melanomas are particularly dangerous, Skinny On Skin teaches you, how to screen for suspicious moles while performing common salon services. Become certified to offer this life-saving service for your customers.

Beauty trends change. Saving a life lasts forever.

Do you know an irregular mole when you see one?
Let IMPACT Melanoma empower you with life-saving early
detection information which you can share with your client.

We’re Always Here
When You Need Us

Support is important no matter where you’re at in your journey with melanoma. From patient to family to caregiver, IMPACT Melanoma offers support groups for people dealing with the realities of melanoma. IMPACT support groups reduce the feelings of isolation that often accompany a melanoma diagnosis by providing opportunities for patients and caregivers to talk to others dealing with the same challenges.

We believe that by participating in support groups, educational programs, and other programs, patients can gain self-confidence and develop coping skills to help them deal with their illness regardless of the stage.

“Melanoma accounts for 5%
of all skin cancers and 71% of all
skin cancer deaths. It is estimated
that one in every 50 Americans
is diagnosed with melanoma.”

Support groups for patients and caregivers

Melanoma support groups are offered in multiple locations for patients with melanoma. The groups are led by trained professionals skilled in working with cancer patients. We also assist with support for the families and friends of melanoma patients. There is no charge for these support groups –

Click here for a list of in person and telephonic support groups.

Billy’s Buddies

Billy’s Buddies is our one-on-one patient support and advocacy program. Founded in 2006, Billy’s Buddies focuses on providing a wide range of support services so that those struggling with this illness will have the energy, advice, and direction they need to fight this disease –

Click here for a list of in person and telephonic support groups.

Melanoma webinar symposiums

IMPACT Melanoma offers melanoma webinar symposiums twice a year. The goal for each symposium is to bring together some of the top minds in the medical and support communities to provide updated information and insights, and to answer as many questions as possible –

Click here for a list of in person and telephonic support groups.

At one time or another, we all need someone
to lean on. Let IMPACT Melanoma support you
and your family when you need it most.

Inspired By Community

IMPACT Melanoma hosts four signature events every year to help raise funds to support our educational and outreach programs

Shades Of Hope - East

This annual gala celebrates those who have helped make a difference in the lives of others by spreading awareness and offering support to those touched by melanoma including melanoma thought leaders, patients, and supporters.

Click here to learn more.

Golf Tournament

The risk of melanoma is high for golfers who spend hours out on the golf course unprotected, especially for men age 50 and older. Early detection and prevention is key in reducing the risks of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. IMPACT Melanoma’s Golf Tournament brings golfers together in support of its educational, support and advocacy programs.

Click here to learn more.

Martinis for Melanoma

With events happening all around the country,Martinis for Melanoma brings people together toraise awareness about melanoma and the dangersof tanning in a fun, social environment.

Click here to learn more.

IMPACT Melanoma Hope 5K

Our annual Run/Walk road race that isn’t about winning and losing. It’s about the collective effort and appreciation for those looking for a bright spot amidst their respective daily struggles with melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. It’s about hope and the spread of good healing vibes.

Click here to learn more.

Our goal remains specific and direct: we must reduce the incidence and human costs of melanoma. Our specific and direct goal makes our call to action equally crystal-clear: we must (1) educate the public about sun and UV safety, (2) give them the tools they need to protect their skin today, and (3) bring support and comfort to those whom the disease affects.

We at IMPACT Melanoma know how to do this, and we have an ever-growing body of evidence demonstrating that what we do is effective. Our successes thus far, however, are only the beginning of our efforts to connect with more people, organizations, and communities with our message, programs and resources. Your help—your involvement, your partnership, and yes, your financial support—is essential in allowing us to expand the scope of our programs to reach more people and save more lives. Together, we can make an IMPACT today and create a healthier tomorrow.

We know that we share common goals. Please contact us today so that we can begin working together to make achieving these goals a reality.