May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

Skin Cancer Foundation LogoWith 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 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 sharing facts about the dangers of unprotected exposure and encouraging people to check their skin for warning signs, we can and will save lives.

We can’t do this work alone.

In 2021, for the second straight year, Skin Cancer Awareness Month takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though many of us are separated, we can still unite against skin cancer, share the facts and help save lives.

You Can Help

YOU are the most important part of Skin Cancer Awareness month! We’ve put together a 2021 toolkit with downloadable images to make it easy for you to post on social media. You can also share skin cancer facts, prevention guidelines and early detection content. Thank you for spreading the word! Get the toolkit. Frequently Asked Questions.

Create a Fundraiser
Share your passion and become a champion 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.

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.

Tell Your #ThisIsSkinCancer Story
Have you been affected by skin cancer? We’d love to hear your story. Share it on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag, #ThisIsSkinCancer. Or, you can submit your story here. Let’s create a powerful community of healthy skin champions and spread the word about the dangers of skin cancer.

Help Us Fund Lifesaving Programs
Make a donation in support of the Foundation. Skin cancer is a relentless disease that strikes one in five people by age 70. Your gift funds crucial skin cancer education programs focusing on early detection and prevention, and research grants that help save lives.

Connect With Us
Connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram 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 Newsletter
Our monthly e-newsletter provides news and information you can use right away about preventing and detecting the world’s most common cancer. Sign up to stay informed. See the most recent Skin Cancer Awareness Month issue.

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.