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Chicago Tribune: Susan Steel Ishida, turned melanoma diagnosis into driving cause, dies at 57

By Elizabeth Owens-Schiele
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2016

Susan Steel Ishida, diagnosed 11 years ago with stage 3 melanoma, pushed for restrictions on the use of tanning beds by minors and started a patient advocacy foundation called Skin of Steel that was dedicated to research and awareness of the disease.

“She was a brilliant woman, very ferocious, really discerning and passionate about making a difference for not only herself but everyone else who was touched by this illness,” said Dr. Martha Twaddle, Steel’s physician.

Ishida, 57, died Jan. 13 of complications from acute leukemia in JourneyCare hospice in Glenview. She was a resident of Glenview.

Read Susan’s full obituary on the Chicago Tribune website.

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Join in #SunSafeSummer by Sharing Your Story

SOS Beach Ball 1Keep the ball rolling and help find a cure for skin cancer!  Print your own beach ball. And learn more about how you can play it safe this summer with our tips below! Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page, too!

15 #SunSafeSummer Ideas for 2015


  1. Make wearing sunscreen a daily habit, like brushing your teeth!
  2. Seek shade during the mid-day sun, from 10 am – 4 pm.
  3. Never use tanning beds; usage is linked to higher rates of melanoma.
  4. Check your skin regularly to recognize changes early.
  5. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects against UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30. Use water-resistant lotions if you will be in the water.
  6. Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage and cataracts.
  7. Avoid sunburns by reapplying sunscreen after being in the water or after physical activity, generally every 2 hours.
  8. Sport sun-protective clothes like long sleeve shirts and pants.
  9. Wear hats with a wide brim that shade your face, ears and neck.
  10. Umbrellas are you own personal shade machines; bring them to events where you will be spending time outdoors.
  11. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to all areas including your head, neck, ears, feet and back of your legs.
  12. Choose cosmetics and contacts that offer UV protection.
  13. Remember that sand, water and snow reflect sunlight and increase the amount of UV radiation exposure.
  14. Even on cloudy or hazy days, UV rays reach the ground and your skin, so protect yourself as you would on a sunny day.
  15. Donate to Skin of Steel at to help advance research on the most complex form of cancer, melanoma.

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Sun Safe Summer Flyer – PDF

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Skin of Steel to Host Melanoma Tissue Bank Forum in Pittsburgh

Skin of Steel will be holding a reception from 6-8pm at the Babcock Mansion in Shadyside to announce the opening of the first branch of the national Melanoma Tissue Bank. Speakers include Professor of Medicine, Dermatology, and Translational Science, John M. Kirkwood, MD, who will discuss how the opening of this branch at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will lead to major advancements in melanoma research. To register for the free event, email or call 312.501.5530.

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Skin of Steel on Facebook

Especially today, we remember and celebrate the life of our Founder Susan Steel who passed away one year ago today. Our thoughts are with Mas, Sachi, Chris & Joan, and Susan's life's work continues on! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ready for the walk. Come on out and join us - walk-ins welcome! JourneyCare, 2050 Claire Ct. Glenview
Sunday, October 2nd, 10am.
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Skin of Steel: Skin Cancer Campaign added an event. ... See MoreSee Less

Walk to Honor Susan Steel

October 2, 2016, 10:00am - October 2, 2016, 12:00pm

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Join us October 2nd to honor Susan Steel, our founder, and continue to raise money for melanoma research. ... See MoreSee Less

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