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Press Release


March 17, 2009


It has been announced  that Valerie Guild, the President of AIM at Melanoma was instrumental in securing $4 million in Federal Funding to study the effects of UV radiation on our service men and women stationed overseas. This came as a result of a collaboration between AIM at Melanoma and the U.S. Military, and was key to getting melanoma included for the first time ever in the Department of Defense's peer-reviewed cancer research program.

"We believe that this money will be critical in identifying ways to improve skin cancer prevention and early detection methods for our troops. The funding will also drive research to find potential treatments for all forms of skin cancer, including the most deadly, melanoma. This effort could not have been accomplished without the invaluable help of the U.S. Military," said Valerie Guild, President of AIM at Melanoma.

About Melanoma

In 2008 more than 62,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma, with an estimated 8400 deaths. Although highly treatable in its early stages, there are few treatment options available for later stage patients


AIM at Melanoma is the largest international melanoma foundation focused on melanoma research, education, awareness, and legislation. The Foundation supports melanoma research efforts by hosting international research forums and is helping to create the first melanoma tissue bank, widely believed by the oncology community to be a key to a major break-through in melanoma research.

Because melanoma is the second most common cancer in 15-29 year olds and the rate of melanoma in young women 15-29 has increased 250% over the last 30 years, Aim at Melanoma continues to support the passing of indoor tanning legislation restricting minors' access to tanning beds. For more information visit the most comprehensive website available to the melanoma community and public at large.

Media Contact:
Valerie Guild
AIM at Melanoma