Online Informational Resources
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The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices. A wealth of available resources can be found at the ACS Web site, all of which are free (although registration is encouraged).
The American Academy of Dermatology is the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of over 13,700, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States. At the AAD Web site, you can find a dermatologist, links to other valuable online resources and learn more about how the AAD and healthcare professionals are working to prevent and cure skin cancer.
Cancer Treatment Clinical Trials
- Search the National Cancer Institute’s database of ongoing clinical trials.
- Search the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s database of clinical trials.
CDC leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. When in the sun, seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
Physician-authored summaries and commentary from The New England Journal of Medicine.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England is a proud member of the NCSCP. The Council is comprised of 30 organizations whose staffs have experience, expertise and knowledge in the area of disease prevention and education. The National Council assists in meeting public health sun protection objectives and its activities are based on the Healthy People 2010 objective to increase the proportion of persons who use at least one of the following protective measures that may reduce the risk of skin cancer:National Council of Skin Cancer Prevention
- Avoid the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Wear sun-protective clothing when exposed to sunlight.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
- Avoid artificial sources of ultraviolet light.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is another major national and international organization dedicated to education and prevention of skin cancer. Their Web site contains a wealth of information about risks, prevention, myths and more, as well as a comprehensive online store where visitors can purchase a variety of audio, video, books, clothing and other sun-safe materials.
SunAWARE is based on the acronym created in the book Sun Protection For Life: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy and Beautiful Skin, by Mary Mills Barrow and John F.Barrow (New Harbinger Publications, 2005). The book won the Gold Triangle Award from the AAD in 2005 for excellence in public education of dermatologic issues.
The Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology is the professional society for more than 300 practicing dermatologists in the Commonwealth. It is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails, advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin.
Medivizor seeks to simplify the generic search and provide customized results for patients based on specific conditions, diagnosis and treatment plans. Then delivers free results directly to your inbox, including results of studies available only behind pay walls. Once you create your secure profile, over time they send you information that is specific to your condition, with the medical jargon transcribed into easily-to-understand language. This information includes potential treatment options, cutting-edge research, clinical trials, lifestyle recommendations, and more.