Prevent Melanoma

Practicing Safe Skin

Melanoma Prevention


Practice Safe Skin 

In response to the Surgeon General’s 2014 Call to Action to address skin cancer as a major public concern, MFNE launched a pilot program called Practice Safe Skin during the summer 2015 to donate free sunscreen throughout Boston parks and Massachusetts beaches at no cost to taxpayers. Following the success of the pilot program, MFNE expanded Practice Safe Skin to cities and businesses across the country and is continuing to donate free sunscreen dispensers to the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Recreation for state beaches in 2016. MFNE is subsidizing the cost and procurement of the free public units through private and corporate sponsorship donations, and funds raised by MFNE’s Running for Cover marathon team. MFNE is also using this platform to expand year-round public education programs aimed at melanoma prevention and detection.

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

Your Skin Is In is available nationwide with our eLearning curriculum. Bring this program to your school through a variety of ways with the simple click of a button. High school seniors and college students can also apply for a scholarship through our ambassador program (link to: the scholarship page). Learn more about how you can be involved by watching our video above.

Video Summary

Listen as Krysta explains why she’s become a "Your Skin Is" In Ambassador.

For hair and beauty professionals.

As some of the only professionals to closely examine skin on a regular basis, stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and other skin professionals are in a unique position to spot melanoma on a client long before anyone else. Based on the understanding that head and neck melanomas are particularly dangerous, The Skinny On Skin will teach you how to screen for suspicious moles while performing common salon services. Become certified to offer this life-changing service for your customers. Beauty trends change. Changing a life lasts forever.

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Video Summary

Become a healthy skin advocate today!


Everyone’s emotional reaction to melanoma is different. As you struggle with issues of diagnosis and treatment, you may also face the social pressures that can even come from well-meaning friends who want more than anything for you to be OK. Psychologists who work with cancer patients have found a pattern of responses that is characteristic of a healthy adjustment. The three phases are initial response, distress, and adjustment. These three phases take you through the normal grieving process which is important to experience.

The initial response is usually shock and disbelief. This is followed by a period of distress that lasts a few days to a week or two and is characterized by both anxiety and depression. As you learn about your options and begin to see a treatment plan form, there is a passage into the adjustment mode.

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