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Mucosal Melanoma Fundraising Campaign

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) in partnership with the mucosal melanoma community, has launched a fundraising campaign to produce an educational video for mucosal patients, caregivers and the broader medical community. One of the primary goals of this video is to educate frontline physicians about mucosal melanoma. We believe this educational tool will lead to early detection and better medical interventions and better outcomes for patients. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for this project. If additional funds are raised, we will direct these funds to educational webinars and materials for the mucosal patient community. 

Please help us raise the funds for this important project 

All donations are 100% tax-deductible

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Facts about Mucosal Melanoma

  • Mucosal melanoma is a rare and aggressive form of melanoma—making up only about 1% of melanoma cases.
  • As with other areas of the skin, melanocytes, the pigment producing cells of the body, are also present in the mucosal surfaces of the body, lining the sinuses, nasal passages, oral cavity, vagina, anus and other areas. Just like melanocytes in other parts of the body, these can transform into cancerous cells, resulting in mucosal melanoma.
  • Approximately 50% of mucosal melanomas begin in the head and neck region, 25% begin in the ano-rectal region and 20% begin in the female genital tract. The remaining 5% include the esophagus, gallbladder, bowel, conjunctiva and urethra.
  • Mucosal melanoma is not considered to be related to or affected by UV exposure.
  • There are no obvious identified risk factors, not even family history.
  • Lacking an identifiable culprit and given its rare occurrence, most cases of mucosal melanoma are aggressive and quite advanced once identified, often resulting in poor patient outcomes. 

 

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