Each year, the CSCF makes a gift to the Mary Johnston Melanoma Research Fund at the Cross Cancer Institute to fund research into the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. To date, the Foundation has contributed $75,000 to the fund.
It is only through research that cancer can be beaten – any form of cancer. The strides made in determining the factors that cause skin cancer have lead to far reaching campaigns to introduce sun safety to children and adults alike. The ABCDEs of early detection have saved the lives of thousands of Canadians and new diagnostic and treatment technology is continually being improved. The Foundation’s support, while modest, does make a difference to the health and well-being of Canadians.
The Foundation is also involved with a number of provincial initiatives to legislate a ban on the use of tanning beds by youth under the age of 18. To date, only Quebec, Nova Scotia and a few municipalities have been successful in passing such regulations. The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation will continue to support these initiatives any way it can:
The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation is a member of a network of organizations dedicated to improving accessibility to treatments for patients diagnosed with skin cancer, in particular melanoma. Other members of the group include the Save Your Skin Foundation, Alberta Society of Melanoma, the Canadian Dermatology Association and the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance.
For more information on how you can support research and advocacy through the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation please go to our contact page or call us at 780.423.2723.
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