February 2021 Newsletter

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.

New on the Blog

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Lips
When it comes to lip care, you should never slack off, especially during the winter. That’s why we’re sharing our best tips for getting beautiful, healthy lips.

Say What?!
While some facts about skin cancer and sun protection are fairly obvious, many others are not, even to those of us who have made a career out of fighting skin cancer. Our team reveals the most surprising things they learned about skin cancer.

Groundhog Day Kick Off: Follow Our Winter Skin Care Series
In honor of the groundhog, we’ve kicking off our winter skin care series, including some tried and true ways to keep skin healthy and beautiful during the winter months.

Sun Safe Partners: New Research Shows Support from Your Spouse Can Help Improve Sun Protection Habits
Couples-focused interventions to increase sun protection behaviors show promising results in a recent pilot study.

The Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Tanning indoors causes severe damage to the skin’s DNA and increases your risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. Tanning is not a safe way to get vitamin D and there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. Get the facts.

February 4: World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day was February 4, but our fight against the world’s most common cancer continues all year long.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. each year than all other cancers combined

Community Corner

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.”

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