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Education and Prevention

Promotion of sun safety education, skin cancer awareness and prevention.

Patient Support

One-on-one support through Founder Kathy Barnard, and support from other patients and survivors through Save Your Skin’s I’m Living Proof initiative.


Fundraising is vital to our foundation. It allows us to continue providing support to patients and running sun safety initiatives.


Big news for OPDIVO®!
Big news announcing BC will cover the cost of the immuno-oncology treatment OPDIVO® for the treatment of
Melanoma, Metastatic Lung, and Kidney Cancer Patients a Step Closer to Receiving Immunotherapy!
As of this week, melanoma, metastatic lung, and kidney cancer patients are a step closer to receiving
New way to fight cancer: using your own immune system – but what if you can’t get access to these new drugs?
It is a promising new area in cancer treatment – immunotherapy. Health Canada is approving new immunotherapy
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Our Story

The Save Your Skin Foundation was founded in 2006 by North Vancouver resident Kathy Barnard and her friends, family, and colleagues. Kathy was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma in 2003, and though her treatments are finished, she continues to fight melanoma. Save Your Skin’s immediate goals are to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, to provide melanoma patients with access to information about trial drugs, emotional and financial support, and to provide support to the new wave of melanoma survivors that are beginning to emerge due to the success of trial treatments.

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The ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium will take place in Orlando, Florida from
Changing Face of Cancer Webinar: “Clinical Trials: What Patients Need to Know”
Join us for our first webinar of 2017, “Clinical Trials: What Patients
11am PST
Drug Pricing Policy Summit
The 2nd annual Drug Pricing Policy Summit will take place in Toronto,
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Conference
The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Conference will take place in National
World Congress of Melanoma
The 9th World Congress of Melanoma will take place in Brisbane, Australia
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The Facts

Below is an overview of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, your risk of getting the disease, and how you can prevent it. Also, see our Quick Facts page.

  • Your Skin
  • Detection
  • The Sun and Your Skin
  • Skin Cancer Self Exam
  • Types of Skin Cancer
  • Follow-Up and Monitoring
  • Types of Melanoma
  • UV Index

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