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  • Window Film: Sun Protection for Your Health and Home

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    While it’s understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors, too. While both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) … more

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    Ultraviolet rays (UVR) are sneaky. Not only can they cause skin cancer and visible signs of aging, they're also very good at finding you. They can bounce off water, off sand, and they can penetrate … more

  • Why Use Window Film?

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    Ultraviolet radiation can travel through car and home windows, where it can contribute to the daily accumulation of sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer and photoaging. UV-blocking films can … more

  • Your Sun Protection FAQs Answered


    A senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation and his Mohs surgery fellow address five questions they hear most from their patients. 

    By Cheryl Janene Gustafson, MD, and C. William Hanke, … more

  • Sun Protection for Infants


    Baby Skin Requires Extra Diligence

    By Jennifer Linder, MD

    In adults, sunburns are painful, and cause tissue damage that can lead to skin cancer. But in babies, sunburns can be a medical … more

  • Sun Protection


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    Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from … more

  • Sun Protection and Makeup


    The sun is responsible for many signs of aging, and protecting your face from its rays helps keep your skin looking younger. That doesn't mean you need to wear a heavy beach sunscreen every day — … more

  • Sun Hazards in Your Car


    Watch Out for Skin Cancers and Photoaging on the Left Side of Your Body 

    by Susan T. Butler MD

    When thinking about sun exposure, you might envision yourself on the beach or exercising outdoors. … more

  • Sun Protection AND Vitamin D


    You need sun protection as much as you need vitamin D. You can have both, without skin damage or nutritional deficiency. A dermatologist tells you how.

    By Anne Marie McNeill, MD, PhD, and Erin … more

  • Sun Protection as a Way of Life


    The vast majority of skin cancers, as well as most of the visible signs of aging, are caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) light. Since UV damage is cumulative over our lifetime, it is … more

  • Sun-Safe Homes


    by John Greenwood 

    There is strong evidence linking the development of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, the three most common skin cancers, to excessive exposure to the … more

  • Sun Protection Tips for Tropical Getaways


    Travelers should be advised—melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has been linked most frequently to intense sun exposure, the kind often experienced during sunny beach and tropical … more

  • Sun Safety in Cars


    For most people, car safety means seat belts and airbags. But there's another important way to stay out of harm's way on the road, and that's by protecting your skin from the sun.

    A study in the … more

  • Sun Protection for the Whole Family at the Pool or Beach


    There’s nothing like being in the water on a hot day. It’s cool, it’s fun, kids love it. And swimming is great exercise.

    But exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk … more

  • Sun Protection Tips for Athletes and Weekend Warriors


    Exercising outside makes you feel good, physically and mentally. But extended time outdoors makes you vulnerable to the cumulative damage caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which … more

  • Back-to-School Sun Protection Tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation


    How to Keep Students Sun-Safe at School

    New York, NY (August 17, 2018) – As summer winds down and the busy back-to-school season sets in, sun protection may slip down the list of health and wellness … more

  • Beach Chic and Sun Smart: Your Summer Style


    Summer brings warmth and relaxation. However, long light-filled days at the beach often also mean overexposure to the sun's dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can wreak havoc on your skin, … more

  • How to Protect Your Child from the Sun at School


    Ask Your Physician to Sign a Sun Protection Permission Form 

    Because many schools don’t allow students to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors during the school day without written permission … more

  • The Sun Keeps Rising: Why Seniors Can't Skip UV Protection


    By Robert A. Norman, MD

    Congratulations. You’ve survived life’s slings and arrows, and made it to your senior years. It took some brains. It took common sense. Now is not the time to abandon those … more

  • Protect Your Eyes: Everyday Steps to Sun Safety


    by Rene S. Rodriguez-Sains, MD

    For most of us, the eyes are the most cherished of our senses. Yet we potentially expose them to danger simply by going outside. Over time, the sun’s rays can … more

  • Promoting Sun Safety in Your Community: Senior Centers


    The odds of developing skin cancer rise as you age; in fact, between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have at least one skin cancer. Older white men are at particular risk: … more

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation Offers Summer Sun Protection Tips for the Whole Family


    New York, NY (June 24, 2014) – Summer is here, which means families will spend more time outdoors. During these months the sun’s rays tend to be extremely strong, making proper sun protection … more

  • Promoting Sun Safety in Your Community: Parks and Playgrounds


    Parks and playgrounds are a great place for children to get exercise, have fun … and sustain sun damage. Unfortunately, in a recent study, 83 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 18 … more

  • Promoting Sun Safety in Your Community: Golf Courses


    For every hour they play, recreational golfers can receive 3.5 to 5.4 times the amount of UV radiation exposure needed to cause sunburn. And it’s not just the sun that makes golfing so dangerous: … more

  • Promoting Sun Safety in Your Community: Beaches and Swimming Pools


    The combination of skin-baring swimwear and bright midday sun — when the sun is most intense and local beaches and pools are busiest — can be very harmful to your skin. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the … more

  • Your Community


    This year millions of people in the United States will be diagnosed with skin cancer. Please help us combat the world's most common cancer by making sun safety a priority in your community. We're … more

  • Sun-Safe Babies


    Parents’ instinct is to protect their infants and toddlers from harm. Yet our experts report that too many babies are getting tans and sunburns. Here, we offer their simple tips to prevent damage … more

  • E-Health Tools For Melanoma Screening


    Where We Are and How We Can Improve

    Ashley Crew, MD Assistant Professor of Dermatology Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

    Abhilashi Tyagi, BS Keck School of … more

  • EHE International Showcases The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Go with Your Own Glow™ Anti-Tanning Campaign in Rockefeller Center


    Thanks to a generous donation, the Foundation’s awareness message is showcased for the second consecutive year

    New York, NY (August 4, 2015) – The Skin Cancer Foundation’s anti-tanning PSA … more

  • Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage


    Are you concerned about wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin? Following some simple guidelines from The Skin Cancer Foundation can help you repair and possibly even reverse these signs of skin … more

  • How to Talk to Your Teen About Tanning


    The Foundation talked to Amy Wechsler, MD, board-certified in psychiatry and dermatology, about how to communicate effectively with teens and tweens about tanning.

    It’s tremendously important to … more

  • What Is Sun-Safe Clothing?


    What’s the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UVR), given that we need to work, travel, and sometimes play outside? Clothing is the most basic and generally the … more

  • Working at Sun Safety


    If you earn your living outdoors, your sun exposure and risk of skin cancer skyrocket. Our Houston-based experts offer tips on how to save your skin. 


  • Sun Fitness for Kids and Teens


    You want your children to have an active and healthy lifestyle, with plenty of outdoor exercise. But what about the risk of skin damage? Don't live your life inside — you and your family can be fit … more

  • Sun Safety at School


    by Janice Clark Young, EDD, CHES, and Brenda S. Goodwin, MS

    The risk of skin cancer begins with a child’s first exposure to sunlight. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages the skin, eyes, … more

  • Hats: Stylish and Sun Protective


    by Patricia Underwood

    I am captivated by hats. After many years as a millinery designer I still find myself continually thinking about them and all they can do. What intrigues me is their perfect … more

  • Your Winter Face


    As the temperature keeps dropping, you may be bundled up nicely against the cold; but are you sun protected? No matter how many layers we wear, one part of the body – the head and neck area – tends … more

  • For Your Eyes


    Whether we view them as the windows to the soul or a good backdrop for our eye shadow, our eyes are obviously of incredible importance – for most, they represent the most cherished of all our … more

  • Your Eyes' Best Defense


    Lenses that absorb and block UV are one of the strongest defenses against eye and eyelid damage, so it's best to wear sunglasses (prescription or non-prescription) year-round whenever you are out … more

  • Volleyball Sun Safety


    The Association of Volleyball Professionals shares The Skin Cancer Foundation’s commitment to increasing awareness about how to prevent skin cancer and save lives. The AVP has developed the video … more

  • Corporate Council


    Companies that wish to be associated with The Skin Cancer Foundation's mission can choose membership on the Corporate Council. In this way, a company can be identified with the many educational … more

  • Go With Your Own Glow Ads


    Developed to encourage women to love — and protect — their skin, whatever its natural hue, Go With Your Own Glow relies not just on health and safety information, but also on fashion and beauty. … more

  • Where Your Money Goes


    Donating to The Skin Cancer Foundation Will Help Support: The Foundation's website reaches people around the world with nearly ten million visits annually. The site includes 600 … more

  • Choosing Sunglasses For Your Kids


    Did you ever notice how cute kids are in sunglasses?  Like those "fashion statement" sunglasses with a cool super-hero look or trimmed in teddy bear faces? More importantly, sunglasses may save … more

  • Can Your Diet Help Prevent Skin Cancer?


    Growing evidence shows that foods high in certain nutrients may indeed help — and certainly can’t hurt.

    By Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, and Danielle Gerome Photographs by Johnny Miller

    You see your … more

  • Essential Outdoor Sun Safety Tips for Winter


    Winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and … more

  • The Glaring Need for Sun Safety in Schools


    by Jeff Ashley, MD

    Imagine having a child stricken with xeroderma pigmentosum, a genetic disease causing extreme susceptibility to sun-induced skin cancer.

    Now imagine being told by the child’s … more

  • ASK THE EXPERT: Are my eyes at risk for sun damage?


    By Rene Rodriguez-Sains, MD

    Rene Rodriguez-Sains, MD is an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon, ophthalmic oncologist, and ophthalmologist. He is an associate professor and chief of … more

  • Seal of Recommendation


    The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation is granted to sun protection products that have been reviewed by and meet the specific criteria of a volunteer Photobiology Committee. The Seal … more

  • Sunlight and Your Eyes


    Whether we view them as the windows to the soul or a good backdrop for our eye shadow, our eyes are obviously of incredible importance – for most, they represent the most cherished of all our … more