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The Sun & Your Skin: What You Need to Know

Since 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical community about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment. More about us.

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Learn the warning signs

Find out how to spot basal cell carcinoma

Five warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

Answer your questions

Does a high SPF protect my skin better?

What the number on your sunscreen really means.

Get the Facts

Skin cancer stats & facts

Straight talk about the world’s most common cancer.

20%

Of Americans will develop skin cancer
More than 2 people die of skin cancer every hour

5+

sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma
melanoma early detection five-year survival rate (U.S.)

99%

Skin Cancer Is the Cancer You Can See.

The Big See® campaign aims to inspire you to get to know your skin, look in the mirror and keep these three words in mind:
NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL.
It could save your life.

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