May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. By sharing facts about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and encouraging people to check their skin for warning signs, we can and will save lives.

We can’t do this work alone.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a time for us to speak up about the dangers of skin cancer, share the facts about sun protection and early detection to help save lives. This year, we are spreading awareness around the fact that #SkinCancerIsSerious and busting the myth that skin cancer is no big deal. You can help amplify this important message.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

You Can Help

#SharetheFacts on Social Media

YOU are the most important part of Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Download and share graphics from the Skin Cancer Awareness Month Toolkit. You can also share skin cancer facts, prevention guidelines and early detection content. Thank you for spreading the word! Get the toolkit.

Tell Your #SkinCancerIs Serious Story

Have you been affected by skin cancer? We’d like to hear your story. Share it on Facebook, X, Instagram or Threads and tag us! Use the hashtag #SkinCancerIsSerious and/or #ThisIsSkinCancer. You can also submit your written story here and/or share your story on video using our Storyvine video app. Sign up here to get started!

Create a Skin Cancer Awareness Month Fundraiser

Share your passion for the fight against skin cancer by creating a crowdfunding page. Rally friends, family and coworkers to join you in your commitment and raise funds to support our lifesaving programs. Create your page here, or create a Facebook or Instagram fundraiser.

Do the #SkinCheckChallenge™

Join a healthy social media trend by doing the #SkinCheckChallenge! Here’s how it works:

  • First, check your skin from head to toe. Look for anything new, changing or unusual.
  • Then, post a photo or video of your skin check and share it online with the hashtag #SkinCheckChallenge.
  • Share a “thumbs up” pic or get creative! Tag us @SkinCancerOrg.
  • Then, invite two friends to do it too.

Let’s start a wave of skin checks around the world to help save lives. Are you up for the challenge? Let’s go!

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. It could save your life.

Donate to Support Our Lifesaving Programs

Make a donation to fuel our lifesaving work. Skin cancer is a relentless disease that strikes one in five people by age 70. Your gift funds free skin cancer screenings, vital education programs focusing on early detection and prevention, and research grants that help save lives.

Connect With Us

Connect with us on Facebook, X, Instagram or Threads and join the skin cancer conversation. When you follow us, you can be sure that you’re getting accurate information from leading medical experts.

Sign Up for Our Monthly Enewsletter

Our monthly enewsletter provides news and information you can use right away about preventing and detecting the world’s most common cancer. Sign up to stay informed.

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.

Last updated: April 2024

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