In response to the Surgeon General’s 2014 Call to Action to address skin cancer as a major public concern, IMPACT Melanoma launched a pilot program called Practice Safe Skin during the summer 2015 to donate free sunscreen throughout Boston parks and Massachusetts beaches at no cost to taxpayers. Following the success of the pilot program, IMPACT Melanoma expanded Practice Safe Skin to cities and businesses across the country.
Your Skin Is In is an educational program that encourages teens and young adults to make a personal promise that they will protect the skin they’re in. Over the past 10 years, IMPACT Melanoma has exposed almost a million students to this award-winning, educational program.
As some of the only professionals to closely examine skin on a regular basis, stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and other skin professionals are in a unique position to spot melanoma on a client long before anyone else. Based on the understanding that head and neck melanomas are particularly dangerous, The Skinny On Skin will teach you how to screen for suspicious moles while performing common salon services. Become certified to offer this life-changing service for your customers. Beauty trends change. Changing a life lasts forever.
Everyone’s emotional reaction to melanoma is different. As you struggle with issues of diagnosis and treatment, you may also face the social pressures that can even come from well-meaning friends who want more than anything for you to be OK. Psychologists who work with cancer patients have found a pattern of responses that is characteristic of a healthy adjustment. The three phases are initial response, distress, and adjustment. These three phases take you through the normal grieving process which is important to experience.