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 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. Distributed through dermatologists’ offices nationwide, the first issue included a story on recent research confirming an association between sunlight and malignant melanoma. Isn’t it 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 fundraising events, community programs, PSA campaigns, newsletters, our annual magazine, The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal and our respected website that reaches millions of people, 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. The Skin Cancer Foundation is here to provide you with the tools you need to prevent, detect and treat skin cancer. This blog version of Sun & Skin News is another one of those tools. Together, we can make a difference.
Who We Are
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. After many years as a writer and editor in the magazine biz (at Ladies’ Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, In Style and others), I was thrilled to join The Skin Cancer Foundation in 2015, where I’m now senior director of science & education. I love 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 I always direct my feet to the shady side of the street.
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 in my early twenties, 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 senior 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 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.
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.