New Book the Ultimate Resource on Skin Cancer Prevention

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Just in time for spring, The Cancer Crusaders Organization announces the release of a practical, comprehensive resource guide to skin cancer prevention and sun safety.

Just in time for spring, the Utah-based non-profit group -- The Cancer Crusaders Organization -- announces the release of a practical, comprehensive resource guide to skin cancer prevention and sun safety.

The book entitled, Only Skin Deep? An Essential Guide to Effective Skin Cancer Programs and Resources (iUniverse 2007), was written by Danielle M. White, founder and president of The Cancer Crusaders Organization, in cooperation with several leading dermatologists. The book features a wealth of information; everything from how to understand and minimize your risk for a future skin cancer diagnosis, to a detailed listing of viable sun safety programs available, particularly in high-risk states. Utah's risk for skin cancer is the highest in the nation, according to Huntsman Cancer Institute.

"Danielle and her organization have authored this excellent book which serves as an important resource to those who are committed to stemming the tide of skin cancer and melanoma," says Dr. Clay J. Cockerell, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Cockerell, who served as president of the American Academy of Dermatology from 2005 until 2006, wrote the foreword for Only Skin Deep? I hope you will find this book useful in winning the war against skin cancer," Cockerell says.

With more than 1.3 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is a growing epidemic. In fact, every hour another American succumbs to melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer. While skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America, and abroad, it is also preventable.

"As far as prevention goes, it is important to keep in mind that skin cancer is caused, overwhelmingly by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation [so] it is preventable," says Natalie Johnson, co-founder of The Cancer Crusaders Organization. Johnson, who is the creator of the National Skin Cancer Awareness Symbol© and a former Miss Utah, lost her 21-year-old brother, Eric, to complications associated with a malignant melanoma seven years ago. Her story is one of the several that are featured in the book. "The more I researched this disease, the more I learned that skin cancer is preventable, which, to me, seems like an interesting message. It's a message of hope."

The 260-page book features interviews from melanoma survivors and families, as well as interviews with several leading dermatologists such as Dr. Sancy A. Leachman and Dr. Glen M. Bowen of Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. The book, written with the college student in mind, is aimed at teaching young adults practical methods of protecting themselves from skin cancer, as well as encouraging them to becoming actively involved with advocacy efforts to fight this disease. The book also gives useful tips on how to maximize your sunscreen efficacy, and how to build a relationship with your dermatologist.

"The idea to do this book came to me when my co-founder, Natalie, was speaking to the American Academy of Dermatology two years ago. I kept thinking, there needed to be a resource for young adults that will not only teach them about skin cancer prevention, but actively recruit them to join the crusade," White says. "The more time I spend working with young adults, the more I realize that we need to pique their interest; to reach and teach them, so that they will then, in turn, raise the next generation of sun-savvy people."

The Cancer Crusaders Organization, thanks to a grant given by Del-Ray Dermatologicals (the manufacturers of Blue Lizard Australian Suncream) will be donating copies of the book to universities in the high-risk states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, and Utah. They will also be donating copies of the book to all active melanoma foundations across the country.

"Our chief objective in writing Only Skin Deep? is to educate people; to provide a practical resource for young people so that they can make informed decisions about their dermatologic health," White says. "We also hope to raise funds for the continued development of effective skin cancer prevention education programs."

All proceeds from the purchase of Only Skin Deep? An Essential Guide to Effective Skin Cancer Programs and Resources will go toward funding skin cancer education programs.

The book is available online for $19.95 on, and

For more information, or to purchase a copy directly from The Cancer Crusaders Organization, contact us.

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