Although there are about six more weeks of winter ahead, we’re already springing into action to provide you with more skin cancer education and resources than ever before.
Skin cancer is highly preventable, and the vast majority of cases are curable if they are diagnosed and treated early enough. This is why The Skin Cancer Foundation encourages you to practice a good sun safety routine all year round. Here are three things you can do to protect and care for your skin in 2021.
We’re here for you! Our team regularly updates our skin cancer support resources page with information and organizations that offer assistance with health care costs, insurance and other issues. If you’ve been recently diagnosed, take a look at our Do's and Dont's to get recommendations on next steps. If have questions about skin cancer and the pandemic, take a look at our COVID-19 & Skin Health video series.
Remember that everyone can get skin cancer, even if you have darker skin that rarely burns. Our new Skin Cancer & Skin of Color page provides photos, facts and information on how to protect your skin and spot the warning signs.
Our goal is to provide you with information that empowers you to be proactive about sun protection, skin cancer early detection and treatment every day of the year.
Our Facebook page provides you with information that you can read and share. It’s also an engaged community where you can interact with skin cancer warriors and caregivers, participate in polls and provide feedback on topics ranging from sun protection to survivorship. Here’s a glimpse of one of our recent conversations.
What’s Your Biggest Concern About Skin Cancer?
“How invasive it can get and how destructive it results after removal, mainly if it's on the face.”
“My biggest concern is 1. Finding an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. 2. Remembering to reapply it.”
“Not catching it early enough, not being ‘lucky’ with the location next time and having it somewhere that’s hard to spot like my scalp and not catching it in time.”
“Being paranoid about every new spot I find or being obsessive about checking every inch of skin every day. I do the same thing to my kids and husband now too.”
“A lot of times spots that don't look like the pictures came back as skin cancer. It’s been a 30-year battle. it never ends. But I'm grateful I’m a survivor.”
“That I have had it for 15 years and it won’t stop. I do all the right things but after years of not taking care of my skin, I am paying for it. Scared to death it will spread into something much worse.”
“Finding melanoma one day. I’ve had 8 basal cell carcinomas, 3 on my face were treated with Mohs. I can live with the scars, but melanoma scares the heck out of me, since I lost my dad to it.”