Skin Cancer Information and Resources

Fund Status and Eligibility

Fully Allocated - Effective 07/22/2019, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Skin Cancer Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.

Maximum Award Level: $7,000 Per Year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient must be insured by Medicare, Medicaid, or Military Benefits and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
  • Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Skin Cancer.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.

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Information About the Disease

Skin cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. One cause of skin cancer is overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning beds, but skin cancer can develop in skin not exposed to sunlight. Unrepaired damage to DNA in the skin cells trigger mutations, or genetic defects, leading the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. There are several types of skin cancer. Skin cancer that forms in the outer layer of the skin is called basal cell carcinoma. Skin cancer in the flat cells that form the surface of the skin is called squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. Merkel cell carcinoma (or neuroendocrine cancer of the skin) usually develops as a lump or nodule near the nerve cells of skin on the head, neck arms and trunk. Kaposi sarcoma can develop in patients with weakened immune systems, growing lesions in the skin, lymph nodes, lining of the mouth nose and throat and other tissue. Sebaceous gland carcinoma is a type of skin cancer affecting hair follicles or skin glands usually of the eyelid.



Skin Cancer Foundation

Phone: 1-212-725-5176 -

American Academy of Dermatology

Phone: 1-888-462-3376 -

American Cancer Society

Phone: 1-800-227-2345 -

The American Melanoma Foundation

Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)

Phone - 1-800-673-1290 -

Phone: 1-888-651-3038 -

Patient Advocate Foundation Merkel Cell Carcinoma Financial Aid Fund

Phone: 1-855-824-7941 -


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