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Additional Resources and Support Groups

You are not alone in dealing with skin cancer.

There is a lot of high quality information about skin cancer available from reputable sources. If you would like to interact with other people, there are excellent support groups, including the Save Your Skin foundation. By finding this website, you are on the way to getting information and support.

Here are a few sources of information and support you might find useful. These groups are not connected to the Save Your Skin Foundation. We are providing the links as useful sources of information but do not monitor content for accuracy and quality.

Clinical Trials in Canada

Canadian Cancer Trials
Patients may wish to consider taking part in a clinical trial when they are offered treatment for their cancer. All new treatments must be tested in a clinical trial before they are approved by Health Canada. This site was created by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and its partners to help you learn about clinical trials for cancer.

Health Canada’s Clinical Trials Database
Health Canada, through its Clinical Trials Database, is providing to the public a listing of specific information relating to phase I, II and III clinical trials in patients. The database is managed by Health Canada and provides a source of information about Canadian clinical trials involving human pharmaceutical and biological drugs.

National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are essential for moving new methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer from the laboratory to physicians’ offices and other clinical settings. NCI has a broad array of programs that support clinical research, including programs that facilitate the development of new interventions, from the initial creation of candidate drugs in the lab to final testing in late-stage clinical trials.

Additional Resources

Melanoma Network of Canada
The Melanoma Network of Canada is a national, patient-led charity whose mission is to provide melanoma patients and their caregivers with current and accurate information and services in the fight against melanoma.

Canadian Cancer Society
The major national organization in Canada for all types of cancer information and support. They also have provincial organizations. Their 2014 annual report on Canadian cancer statistics included a special report on skin cancer. The full report is available here, with the section on skin cancer in Chapter 7 (page 76).

Shade Foundation of America
The Shade Foundation of America describes itself as “The Children’s Skin Cancer Education & Prevention Foundation.” Based in Washington, DC, is the only national U.S. children’s foundation devoted to skin cancer education and prevention. The site includes activities and resources to educate kids about protecting their skin.

National Cancer Institute (Skin Cancer)
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the U.S. is part of their National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. The link above is to their homepage about skin cancers.

The Skin Cancer Foundation
Based in New York City, The Skin Cancer Foundation was founded in 1979 and works to educate the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating skin cancer.

Aim at Melanoma

AIM at Melanoma is globally engaged and locally invested in advancing the battle against melanoma through innovative research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support.

Melanoma Research Foundation

Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients, caregivers and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.

Melanoma International Foundation

Established in 2003, the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) is a non-profit organization created to provide the scientifically sound guidance and support.

Support Groups

Cancer Hope Network
Founded as CHEMOcare in 1981 and based in New Jersey, Cancer Hope Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and/or their family members. They do this by matching patients and family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience

Cancer Support Community
Calling itself “A global network of education and hope, the Cancer Support Community is based in Washington, DC, and runs various programs and activities to achieve its mission of ensuring “that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.”

One of the older groups for cancer patients, CancerCare was founded in 1944 and is based in New York. It offers free, professional support services including counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

Faces of Skin Cancer
Faces of Skin Cancer gives people affected by advanced skin cancer a place to share their stories and help others understand what it really means to live with this disease. It includes video, audio and written stories that highlight different emotional and physical aspects of advanced skin cancer. Visitors can show support by sharing the stories with others and submitting their own stories.

Aim at Melanoma

AIM at Melanoma is globally engaged and locally invested in advancing the battle against melanoma through innovative research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support.
Contact US: Valery Guild – Vguild@aimatmelanoma.org

Melanoma Patients Australia

Melanoma Patients Australia is the only patient driven non profit organisation that offers a national network of support and information to patients, their families, carers, and friends, about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.
Contact: Hayley Andersen – Hayley@melanomapatients.org.au

Melanoma Brasil
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Melanoma Brazil is made up of volunteers who are willing to contribute their time and expertise in the dissemination and awareness of skin cancer through various campaigns, to provide information and support for everyone.
Contact: Rebecca Montanheiro – Melanomabrasil@gmail.com

Melanoma Uruguay/LatinoAmerica
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The Association Melanoma Uruguay/Latin America is a support group for patients diagnosed with melanoma. It was born in February 2015 from the collaboration of “Aim at Melanoma,” which for more than a decade have helped people diagnosed and fighting melanoma.
Contact America Latina: Claudia Piazza Cidonio – claudia.cidonio@aimatmelanoma.org

Melanoma UK

Melanoma UK is a patient support and advocacy group, dedicated to helping melanoma patients during all stages and fundraising to provide melanoma nurses and research.
Contact: Gill Nuttall – Gillian.nuttall@melanoma.org.uk

Melanoma Action & Support Scotland (MASScot)
Melanoma Action and Support Scotland (MASScot) offers support to patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer and their carers.
Contact: Leigh’s – leigh@masscot.org.uk

Melanom Deutschland
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Melanoma Germany is a nonprofit organization for those looking for more information and assistance about melanoma.
Contact: Madison Garrett – madison@aimatmelanoma.org

Melanome France
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The aim of Melanome France is a  better understanding of melanoma, and to make treatments available to help patients in France.
Contact: Gilly Spurrier – Gilliosa@melanomefrance.com

Melanoma Italia
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Melanoma Italia provides up to date information about the disease and support to patients.
Contacts: Chiara Puri Purini – Chiara.puripurini@melanomaitalia.org or Claudia Cidonio: claudia.cidonio@aimatmelanoma.org

Portuguese Melanoma Intergroup
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The Portuguese Melanoma Intergroup (IPM) is a medical society, non-profit made up of professionals from different disciplines interested in the study, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.
Contact: Maria Jose Passos – Passos.m@gmail.com

Melanoma España
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Melanoma España is a new Facebook Page created by a group of specialists and an American non-profit association to answer the most common questions that patients and their family have when diagnosed with Melanoma or have a recurrence.
Contact: Virginia Aznar de Carillo – virginia.aznar@mfar.net