Education Efforts

Skin cancer is a very preventable disease, which is why The Skin Cancer Foundation emphasizes public awareness of sun protection and skin cancer prevention. Our educational campaigns focus on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer. They include publications for both members of the public and medical professionals, public service advertising campaigns, a free skin cancer screening tour, children’s education programs, and more. Our efforts are wide-ranging, and include the following:

Every year, more than 10 million visits are made to The Skin Cancer Foundation’s website, which is the leading patient information resource on skin cancer for millions of people around the world. also features information in six languages, and the Foundation’s brings lifesaving sun protection and skin cancer information to the Spanish-speaking public.

Public Information

The Foundation’s printed educational materials are distributed by dermatologists, and at screening clinics, health fairs, retail chains, and community wellness programs by nurses, educators and schools. Millions of brochures, posters, books, newsletters, manuals, public service announcements, and audiovisual materials are provided to the public annually.


Members of the media recognize The Skin Cancer Foundation as the preeminent resource on all skin cancer-related issues.  Coverage of the Foundation and its spokespersons garner more than 500 million traditional (newspaper, magazine, TV, radio) media impressions each year. An additional 3.9 billion impressions are earned online. Visit the Media & Press section.

Go With Your Own Glow is a print ad campaign aimed at encouraging members of the public to embrace their natural skin color and helping them understand that tanning is unhealthy and out of style. The ad campaign has generated more than 715 million media impressions, appearing nearly 150 times in nearly 60 magazines, such as Marie Claire; Harper’s Bazaar; O, The Oprah Magazine; Time; Newsweek; and People.

The Seal of Recommendation for Sun Protection Products

The Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation is granted to sun protection products that meet the stringent criteria of our Photobiology Committee. This valuable guide for consumers sets the standard for effective sun protection products, including sunscreens, sunglasses, specially treated auto and residential window film, umbrellas, clothing and laundry products that wash UV protection into clothing. Currently more than 800 products carry the Seal nationally and internationally.

Grassroots Programs

Destination: Healthy Skin is the Foundation’s mobile education program, providing free skin cancer screenings and sun protection information to people around the United States each year.

Professional Education

Our professional members include more than 800 of the world’s foremost dermatologists, Mohs surgeons, plastic surgeons and other medical professionals. Our professional educational endeavors include:

  • The Melanoma Letter, published quarterly and now in its 33rd year, provides doctors with medically reviewed clinical articles on the latest in melanoma research.
  • The World Congress on Cancers of the Skin, a biennial conference that enables physicians from the international community to interact with distinguished international faculty and learn about breakthrough discoveries in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of skin cancer.
  • The International Dermatological Exchange Program, during which dermatologists representing the US and other countries discuss the latest information in skin cancer management, including diagnosis and treatment, surgical techniques, and discussion of difficult cases.

Awards and Honors

The Skin Cancer Foundation has been honored with the American Academy of Dermatology’s Excellence in Education Award and 16 Gold Triangle Awards for Community Service.