Melanoma By The State: Colorado

  In 1876, one hundred years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Colorado became the 38th state of the United States, hence its nickname: The Centennial State.  One fun fact about the state is that the first license plate on a vehicle in the U.S. was issued in 1908 in Denver, Colorado. However, what Colorado is known for … Read More

Tonia Sylvester: Why She Fights

  By Vallerie A. Malkin “I do not wish melanoma on anyone,” says Tonia Sylvester, a 56-year-old retired school teacher who has lived with the disease for the past nine years. Tonia, who resides in Michigan, has a matter-of-fact attitude that belies her sensitive disposition. She is stoic when she discusses the technical details of her melanoma, yet vulnerable when … Read More

AIM at Melanoma Opens the Fourth Branch of Fresh Frozen Primary Tissue Bank at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

  January 23, 2020 (San Rafael, California)… AIM at Melanoma and AIM at Melanoma Research Foundation announce the opening of the fourth branch of the International Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium (IMTBC) at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. The Chicago site is one of six global locations of the consortium. These six institutions will … Read More

Stage II Melanoma Mom Stresses Sunscreen and Skin Checks

  By Vallerie A. Malkin Once people get tapped on the shoulder by cancer, they always worry the disease will darken their doorstep in the future. For AnnMarie Cangelosi, who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015 at age 36, the anxiety is pronounced, because she knows that melanoma is a cancer that likes to recur. AnnMarie, the mother of two … Read More

Melanoma by the State: Montana

  Dubbed “Big Sky Country,” Montana is the fourth largest state in total landmass, comprising vast rolling prairie land in the east and rugged Rocky Mountain peaks in the west. Yet, despite its large geographic size and land diversity, Montana has only about one million residents, making it the 44th most populous state. In terms of melanoma, it is 12th … Read More

In Plain English: What’s New in Stage II?

  There is news to report in the world of Stage II melanoma, but first, let’s review the basics of Stage II and the current treatment landscape. Stage II is localized melanoma—there is no indication it has spread to lymph nodes or distant organs, but it has grown from the epidermis (the top layer of skin) into the dermis (the … Read More

Sister Act: Sewing, Baking, & Bonding for Melanoma

  By Vallerie A. Malkin Sheryl Dalton, Susan Torgerson, Sandra Bliss, Sarah Stalmack, and Stacy Torgerson, are five sisters who have been joined at the hip since they were born. Growing up, they were the Torgersons, daughters of Claire “Torgy” and Shirley, two strong-willed, hard-working, family-oriented people with Nordic roots and a close marriage. Torgy was from Iowa with Norwegian … Read More

AIM at Melanoma Opens The Third Branch of Fresh Frozen Primary Tissue Bank at at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University

  AIM AT MELANOMA OPENS THIRD BRANCH OF FRESH FROZEN PRIMARY TISSUE BANK AT THE KNIGHT CANCER INSTITUTE AT OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY IMTBC IS A GLOBAL FIRST November 14, 2019 (San Rafael, California) AIM at Melanoma and AIM at Melanoma Research Foundation announce the opening of the third branch of the International Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium (IMTBC) at … Read More

Melanoma By The State: Tennessee

  The state of Tennessee is famous for the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s also known for its famous sons and daughters, such as Davy Crockett (frontiersman), Aretha Franklin (singer), and James K. Polk (President). In terms of melanoma, it’s known for being 42nd among U.S. states for new melanoma diagnoses, with 19 cases per … Read More