Created by The Skin Cancer Foundation, Sun & Skin News is a blog that lets us engage with you about your skin and sun protection in a new way, digging deeper into your topics of interest and finding creative and fun ways to address them. It’s designed to complement — and go beyond — our print newsletters as well as our important physician-reviewed information available on SkinCancer.org.
We want you to get to know us and what the Foundation does to make a difference in the world. And we want to get to know you, too. We’ve heard from so many of you, and we know you have questions. We will address many of those topics here, and we invite you to share and discuss our posts with your family and friends to help spread the word!
How It All Started
We’ve come a long way, baby! When our founder, New York City dermatologist Perry Robins, MD, first started seeing patients with skin cancer in the 1960s and ’70s, they would often react to their diagnosis with shock and even rage. “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me the sun wasn’t good for me?” they’d ask.
As a pioneer of skin cancer surgery, Dr. Robins decided he had to do something to overcome the prevailing myth that tanning was healthy. With donations from some grateful patients, he started The Skin Cancer Foundation in 1979 to raise awareness about prevention, early detection and treatment.
In 1984 The Foundation introduced a newsletter called Sun & Skin News to help spread the word (that’s a copy of our first issue). Distributed through dermatologists’ offices nationwide, the first issue included stories on how to treat a sunburn, how to check your own skin for suspicious spots and recent research confirming an association between sunlight and malignant melanoma.
Yes, it’s surprising to realize that not that long ago, people truly didn’t understand the link between sun exposure and skin cancer.
Thanks to many of our efforts, including newsletters, community programs, advertising campaigns, fundraising and our respected website, today awareness is high. But that’s not enough, as skin cancer cases continue to increase. We must do everything possible to reduce the prevalence of skin cancer. We hope to reach even more people through this blog version of Sun & Skin News. Together, we will.
Who We Are
I joined The Skin Cancer Foundation in December 2015 as health and science editor after many years in the magazine biz (at Ladies’ Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, In Style and others). I’ve been passionate about fighting skin cancer since I had my first basal cell carcinoma at age 25, and I’ve added a few more surgery scars since then. Five of my favorite things are farmers markets, rosé from Provence, classic jazz, a heart-opening yoga class and the search for the perfect hat and sunscreen. I’m lucky to live in New York City, where you can almost always find a shady side to walk on.
Having worked in the beauty industry for years and attended college in the sunshine state, I know how important it is to take care of your skin and wear sunscreen every day — I’m always stocked with at least one for my face and another for the rest of my body. Drawing on my own personal interests and expertise in the skin-care industry landed me here at The Skin Cancer Foundation as the new PR manager. I handle media relations, work on special events and support our education programs. As an avid New Yorker (born and raised!), I’m a diehard Yankees fan and a sneaker addict. Pizza will always be my vice.
Do you believe I wear four different types of sunscreens every day? It’s true! I started working for The Skin Cancer Foundation when I was just 24 years old, and I’m grateful that I made sun protection part of my routine fairly young. I left the Foundation a few years later to work for a bone marrow donor center, and now I’m back at the SCF as director of marketing communications. When I’m not at work, I’m at home in Brooklyn with my husband, Josh, and our cats, Cliff and Norm. Give me a plate of nachos, a glass of bourbon and a Nora Roberts book, and I am a happy lady. I grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Hofstra University, and if I don’t have time to read The New York Times in the morning my whole day is ruined. I finally made peace with my freckles when I turned 30.
As a freckle-making machine and outspoken sunscreen enthusiast, I am absolutely thrilled to be a member of The Skin Cancer Foundation staff. In my role as the digital content manager, I get to spend my days connecting with our supporters on social media, reading up on the latest trends in sun protection and creating assets that help to raise skin cancer awareness – it’s a pretty incredible gig! Prior to joining the Foundation, I worked in the marketing department for a large financial technology company and led the marketing team for a boutique digital agency. In my downtime, I can usually be found running, cooking, volunteering with a local animal rescue or trying out a new wine bar in the city.
I joined The Skin Cancer Foundation in September 2016 as a communications coordinator. Prior to this, I worked as a health and science journalist at Medical Daily, covering everything from neuroscience and mental health to epidemiology. As someone familiar with the world’s many diseases, I’m happy to join in the fight against such a prevalent cancer. I’m originally from Upstate New York, but I relocated to Manhattan after graduating from Lehigh University in 2015. It was a big change, but I must say I prefer cabs to cows and fields (though I would never say no to a mini pig!) When I’m not working, I enjoy dancing, adventure movies and wandering the city in search of the perfect pasta-wine pairing.