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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

  • Window Film

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 as a Way of Life

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    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 Protection AND Vitamin D

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    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-Safe Homes

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    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

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    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 Protection for the Whole Family at the Pool or Beach

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    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 Tropical Winter Getaways

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    Planning a beach vacation this winter? Travelers should be aware that ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer. In fact, about 86 percent … more

  • Sun Protection Tips for Athletes and Weekend Warriors

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    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

  • Sun Safety in Cars

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    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

  • Goal 1: Increase Opportunities for Sun Protection in Outdoor Settings

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    Enjoying the outdoors is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but to assure that your time outside truly benefits your health, you have to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays.   … more

  • Beach Chic and Sun Smart: Your Summer Style

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Promoting Sun Safety in Your Community: Senior Centers

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    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

  • Protect Your Eyes: Everyday Steps to Sun Safety

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

  • Help Dad Stay Safe in the Sun

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    Father's Day is fast-approaching, but there's still time to get Dad a great gift. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests giving Dad the gift of sun protection. It's important that men stay sun-safe - … more

  • Promoting Sun Safety in Your Community: Golf Courses

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    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

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    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

  • Sun Safety Tips for Infants, Babies and Toddlers

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    "Children should not be getting sunburned at any age, especially since there are a range of very effective sun protection methods that can used," said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin … more

  • Appearance Trumps Health As an Anti-Tanning Argument

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    “I know I’ll probably get skin cancer from tanning, but that will be when I’m old, like in my forties.”

    by Joel Hillhouse, PhD

    Those words, from a student of mine, changed how I looked at … more

  • Your Community

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • A Message from the President — Fall 2013

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    As the end of summer vacation nears and most of us return to our regular daily routines, it’s easy to think that the need for sun protection is coming to an end as well. With our children back in … more

  • How to Talk to Your Teen About Tanning

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    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?

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    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

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    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. 

    By KEYAN MATINPOUR, MD, CHETAN VEDVYAS, MD, … more

  • Sun Fitness for Kids and Teens

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    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

  • Dress for Sun Success This Summer

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    As an everyday barrier between the sun and your skin, clothing can absorb or reflect much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It is the simplest, and often the most effective, form of … more

  • For Your Eyes

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    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

  • Sun Safety at School

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    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

  • Know Your Skin, Save Your Life

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    Here’s a lifesaving tip: Make a date with your skin once a month. Perform a skin self-exam from the crown of your head down to the soles of your feet. By familiarizing yourself with all of your … more

  • Your Winter Face

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    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

  • Hats: Stylish and Sun Protective

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    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 Eyes' Best Defense

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    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

  • Where Your Money Goes

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    Donating to The Skin Cancer Foundation Will Help Support:

    SkinCancer.org: The Foundation's website reaches people around the world with nearly ten million visits annually. The site includes 600 … more

  • Corporate Council

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    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

  • Volleyball Sun Safety

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    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

  • Go With Your Own Glow Ads

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    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