Melanoma Research Foundation Applauds New MD Anderson Cancer Center Program Addressing Melanoma

Top Quote Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, included in inaugural Moon Shots program. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 22, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Meeting the needs of people with cancer requires a collaborative and comprehensive approach. In recognition of this imperative, prominent cancer research and treatment center MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) today announced the launch of its Moon Shots Program, an initiative focused on taking bold, coordinated steps to reduce cancer diagnoses and improve patient outcomes through the collaboration of academia, researchers and industry.

    The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) commends MDACC for dedicating its experts and resources to advancing the state of prevention, detection and treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The rate of melanoma incidences has been steadily on the rise. Every eight minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with melanoma and every hour, someone dies from the disease. However, discoveries over the last few years have poised the scientific community to have an impact not only on survival but also on the quality of life of those fighting melanoma.

    "Melanoma diagnoses are increasing at an epidemic rate and yet, people with melanoma do not have adequate treatment options," said Timothy J. Turnham, executive director of the MRF. "We know from our work with MDACC, that their expertise will lend much needed resources to the fight against melanoma. We are encouraged that MD Anderson recognizes the growing burden of the disease, but also its scientific potential to discover new treatment options."

    The MRF has collaborated with MDACC on several initiatives to advance the melanoma research landscape to ensure that the growing number of people diagnosed with melanoma in the United States have effective treatment options. Through mutual goals of supporting melanoma research, the MRF and MDACC are partners in the fight to prevent and treat this disease. MDACC's added resources and expertise will help reduce the burden of this cancer.

    Through the Moon Shots Program, MDACC will apply a global approach to meeting the needs of the cancer patient community. The cancer researchers at MDACC recognize that the burden of this disease cannot be fully reduced without a smart, comprehensive approach that includes education, prevention and innovative research. The program will initially focus on eight cancers, including melanoma. According to the MDACC official press release, MDACC will dedicate funding and "other resources needed to work on ambitious and innovative projects prioritized for patient impact, ranging from basic and translational research to biomarker-driven novel clinical trials, to behavioral interventions and public policy initiatives."

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