May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin Cancer Foundation LogoWith over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. By raising awareness of the dangers of unprotected exposure and encouraging sun-safe habits, we can change behaviors and save lives.

With the incidence of this disease reaching epidemic levels, we can’t do this work alone. We need your help. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to get involved.

Here are some ways you can help:

Spread the Word About The Big See

Skin cancer is the cancer you can SEE. Yet it often goes undetected in the early stages. That’s why we launched The Big See campaign – to empower you to get to know your skin, check yourself in the mirror and keep these three simple words in mind: NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL. Spread the word and help us save lives.

Share Your Story
Have you been affected by skin cancer? During the month of May, please share your story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and encourage your loved ones to share it too. Use the hashtag #MySkinCancerJourney in your post so we can follow along and create a powerful community of healthy skin champions.

Raise Awareness Through Education
Share our educational content with your family, friends and colleagues. During May, our conversation is centered around the importance of early detection. Throughout the month, visit our blog for early detection tips for all ages. Our prevention guidelines and early detection articles are also great resources to share.

Help Us Fund Lifesaving Programs
Make a donation in support of the Foundation. Our 2020 Destination: Healthy Skin mobile education program travels around the country from June to August,  providing skin cancer information and free screenings. For just $15, you can buy a mile on our journey and help support this lifesaving program.

Connect With Us
Connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and join in the conversation. We are the leading resource for skin cancer information and news. When you follow us, you can be sure that you’re getting accurate information from leading medical experts.

Reach Young People
Sun Smart U provides educators with the resources they need to teach youth how to make sun-safe choices that are vital in preventing skin cancer. We ask that you please share information about this program, which features free lesson plans, with your local school district. We also have a number of educational posters available in our online store. These posters are great to hang in your classroom, community center or workplace.