Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

There are several different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell skin cancer, and squamous cell skin cancer. 

Nonmelanoma skin cancer is a very common cancer in the United States, with more than 5 million people diagnosed each year. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which are nonmelanoma skin cancers, are the most common types of skin cancer. Nonmelanoma skin cancers rarely spread to other parts of the body. 

Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer. It is more likely to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body than the more common forms of skin cancer.

According to estimates made from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, 100,350 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma and nearly 6,850 people will die of the disease in 2020. 

Melanoma is more common in men than women and among individuals of fair complexion. Unusual moles, exposure to natural sunlight or artificial sunlight (such as from tanning beds) over long periods of time, and health history can affect the risk of melanoma.

In addition to the skin, melanoma may also occur in mucous membranes – thin, moist layers of tissue that cover surfaces such as the lips – or in the eye, which is called ocular or uveal melanoma.

What the AACR Is Currently Doing in This Area

The AACR was pleased to recognize several researchers for their work in the field of melanoma in 2019: 

  • AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Scholar-in-Training Award: April A. N. Rose, MD, PhD, University of Toronto
  • AACR-SIC Scholar-in-Training Award: Valentina Audrito, PhD, University of Turin & Italian Institute for Genomic Medicine
  • AACR-Pezcoller Foundation Scholar-in-Training Award: Lucas D. Trucco, PhD, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute 
  • AACR Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Award: Jessie Villanueva, PhD, The Wistar Institute
  • AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award: Jamaal L. James, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award: Fernanda Faiao-Flores, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center

The AACR’s mission is to prevent and cure all forms of cancer.