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Read Her Story Joy. Color. Beauty. #LiveLifeLikeClaire Melanoma is the #1 cancer
in young adults under 30 & #2 cancer in adolescents
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The Difference Between Melanoma and Skin Cancer – Awareness That Could Save Your Life

Let’s make one thing clear; the words “just” and “ cancer” should never be linked in the same sentence. But due to the fact that basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas are 98 percent treatable and unlikely to spread through the body, many people think melanoma is “just” skin cancer and thus tend to delay having a dermatologist check changes in their skin or moles.


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Our Mission

Melanoma is the second most common cancer in adolescents and the most common cancer in young adults under 30. We created the Claire Marie Foundation because young people shouldn’t be fighting melanoma. They should be jumping over waves, dancing at concerts, playing with their team, studying, launching careers and seeing the world. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to stop this disease in young people. Our mission is to raise clarity and hope in the fight against adolescent and young adult melanoma through awareness, education and prevention which includes our Free Skin Screening Program. We are already making big waves — together, we can create a tidal wave.

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    Game-changing stat: Outdoor athletes are at a higher risk for Melanoma

    Sun exposure among young athletes is such a big deal that the super geniuses over at Stanford University created THE most comprehensive sun protection outreach and research program of any university in the nation: SUNSPORT. Know the risks and find smart, skin- and life-saving tips below.


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    This is not a drill: Research shows higher skin cancer risk among U.S. military members

    If you know someone who’s serving in the military, be sure to let them or their family know they should be taking extra steps to protect their skin from melanoma. Pilots are particularly susceptible to skin cancer, as are those who serve in desert climates.


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    Your Child's Check: 10 Years Old

    Did you know? That the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that physician examination in these families should start at the age of 10 and continue on a twice-a-year basis thereafter. Particular care should be taken at puberty and during adolescence when hormonal changes activate the moles.


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    As the only nonprofit in the U.S. to focus exclusively on melanoma in young people, we have a lot to say and this is where we say it; from life-saving sun safety tips to the latest research on adolescent and young adult melanoma.

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