January 2021 Newsletter

Happy 2021!

As you start a new year, you might have made some resolutions about ways you can improve your health and life. We hope that prioritizing your skin health is one of them.

So, what can you do? First, pull up your calendar and schedule 10 minutes for yourself each month to perform a skin self-exam. It’s simple and could save your life. If you see something new, changing or unusual, be sure to get it checked right away! Read our self-exam tips, learn about the warning signs of skin cancer and take a look at our website to learn more about what to look for.

Next, contact your dermatologist and schedule your annual skin check. It might take a while to get an appointment due to the pandemic, so now is the time to act. If you don’t have a dermatologist, use our tool to locate one of our member dermatologists near you.

In the meantime, if you live in a region where winters are cold, here are some pointers to help you take extra good care of your skin!

Even Snow Days Are Sun Days

With a chill in the air and snow on the ground, it may seem that the risk of sun damage is rather low. That simply isn’t the case. In fact, snow can multiply your UV exposure because it reflects the sun’s rays.

Cold Dry Air Requires a Little Extra Skin Care

Here at The Skin Cancer Foundation, we spend a lot of time talking about skin cancer, but we’re also concerned with overall skin health. This means not only protecting your skin from sun damage, but also giving the largest organ in your body some TLC throughout the year.

New on the Blog

In A Year of Hardship, You Helped Us Make So Much Happen
With your help, we’ve kept busy during the past year. We launched new initiatives, expanded our resources for skin cancer patients, improved accessibility on our website and published more content than ever before.

Ask the Expert: Are the UV Lamps in the Dryers at the Nail Salon Safe to Use?
Lamps that emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation have become a standard at nail salons, causing patrons to wonder about skin cancer risks while getting a manicure. Our expert provides the answers.

Ask the Expert: Can Laser Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin Cause Skin Cancer?
There are many laser treatments that help reverse sun damage and improve the appearance of skin. Our expert describes how they work and how they don’t increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Looking Forward with Hope

2020 was a year of challenge and change. Throughout it all, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s community of skin cancer warriors, healthy skin champions, donors and partners came together in innovative ways to help us continue our lifesaving work.

We begin the new year with a look back on how much The Skin Cancer Foundation has accomplished in the past 41 years. During our early days in 1979, most people didn’t know that tanning or unprotected sun exposure could increase their risk of skin cancer. Today, people are more aware of these dangers, and together with your help, we have a lot to do with that.

Thank you for all you do to amplify our educational messages about skin cancer early detection and prevention. With you by our side, we’re looking forward to more years of hope and progress in the fight against skin cancer!

Thank you

Community Corner

Sharing about caring. Last month, we asked our Facebook community about the people who cared for them during their fight against skin cancer. Here’s what they shared:

Skin cancer warriors:
Was there a person in your life who cared for you during your diagnosis and treatment?


"My husband (at home, and surgeries) and my twin sister was there during a very scary surgery too. Thank God for my family."

"My sisters, parents and husband the first time. This time around it’s been hard for parents and sisters because of COVID. My husband has done most of the caring but since he is not allowed anywhere with me I take myself to my appointment."

"My sister stayed with me for a few days after my surgery. During my initial diagnosis, I talked to a coworker every now and then. She had gone through the same thing a few months prior."

"Took care of my dad every step of the way. He did a year and a half of chemo and radiation. Unfortunately, the skin cancer was stronger than the treatment, and he passed away in 2016. Prayers to everyone going through this. It wasn't an easy fight at all for my dad."

"My youngest daughter was away at college for most of them and I told her not to come home. She called every day, sometimes several times a day. The one she was home for (over the Christmas holiday) she took very good care of me. She’s the best!!"

"Yes, my wonderful wife, took me and drove me home. She helped me for 2 weeks post op. She is my life and my best friend that I love!"

"Yes, my husband of 50 years. This year I have had 5 operations to remove melanomas from my face and he has been by my side for everyone. He is my world and my rock."

"My mom and husband. But mostly my mom. My hubby had to work to pay our bills. And my sisters and granny helped with my kids."

"My daughters were there for me through ups and downs after surgery come close to losing my eye and left side of face badly scarred and eye won't fully open but am very lucky to get through it."

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