Progress Update

When children follow the exciting superhero-inspired adventures of “Ray and the Sunbeatables,” learning how to protect themselves from dangerous ultraviolet radiation exposure is easy — and fun! In a new initiative by the Melanoma Moon Shot, MD Anderson recently partnered with the CATCH Global Foundation to bring sun protection education to the nation’s children.

CATCH®, short for Coordinated Approach to Child Health, is a program developed and disseminated by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. It’s already in place in more than 10,000 educational settings across the U.S. MD Anderson behavioral scientists led by Mary Tripp, Ph.D., M.P.H., Susan Peterson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Ellen Gritz, Ph.D., have created an evidence-based sun-protection program with a fun and engaging curriculum that targets students in preschool through second grade.

Find out more about the CATCH partnership and the curriculum for sun protection.


Progress Update

Targeted Therapy May Stall Melanoma Recurrence

Although targeted agents have been approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, such drugs typically are not used in patients with earlier-stage, surgically removable tumors who have a high risk for recurrence. But a clinical trial of targeted therapy before and after surgery aims to prolong recurrence-free survival for such high-risk melanoma patients.

Learn more about this exciting study.


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MD Anderson is home to one of the largest melanoma and skin cancer clinics in the world. This has led to a nearly unrivaled level of expertise. Learn more about how MD Anderson’s Melanoma Moon Shot is Making Cancer History®.

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Research Update
Melanoma Moon Shot leaders; Melanoma research projects; (left to right): Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Melanoma Medical Oncology; Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, M.D., Professor, Surgical Oncology

MD Anderson’s multidisciplinary team of experts translates discoveries made in the laboratory to new hope for patients in the clinic.

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MD Anderson and the Moon Shots Program
Making Cancer History®

New knowledge and progress-enabling technologies make this the time to reduce cancer deaths. MD Anderson's comprehensive Moon Shots Program capitalizes on these novel resources as it builds on a 70-plus-year history of renowned expertise, lifesaving innovation and global impact.

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Melanoma, Research Update

The Melanoma Moon Shot is developing a coordinated campaign of behavioral interventions targeted to individuals, families, schools, clinics, worksites and communities to reduce melanoma incidence long-term.

Melanoma, Progress Update

In December 2015, the U.S Food and Drug Administration proposed a ban on everyone under 18 from using indoor tanning beds, a known cause of skin cancer in the United States.

The Melanoma Moon Shot team and governmental relations experts were among those who worked with other organizations to achieve a Texas state prohibition on tanning bed use by minors, which took effect in 2013.

Now, with the FDA ban — if made final — the potential to prevent melanoma would become much more significant. Melanoma Moon Shot co-leader Jeffrey E. Gershenwald, M.D., professor of Surgical Oncology, says about this development, “There will now be a national order against using indoor tanning devices for youth around the country. It will no longer be dependent solely on grass-roots state and local initiatives.”

Learn more about this moon shot’s efforts to highlight the dangers of indoor tanning and its impact on teenagers.

Melanoma Moon Shot; Dr. Jeffrey E. Gershenwald with a patient
Melanoma, Stories of Hope

Melanoma struck early for Marit Peterson. She was born with the disease. Watch her story.