Your eyes are your windows to the world. That’s why, no matter your age or the time of year, we hope you focus on safety by protecting the delicate skin around your eyes from skin cancer and premature aging every time you go outside.
It’s a fact: Eyelid skin cancers account for 5-10 percent of all skin cancers. The good news is that you can prevent sun damage to your eyes and eyelids by wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, applying sunscreen and seeking the shade.
We know that many of you are taking steps to protect your eyes. Just last week, we polled our Facebook and Twitter communities to ask if they wear UV-blocking sunglasses every day and about 73 percent of respondents answered yes. We’d love to see that number reach 100 percent in next summer’s poll.
In the meantime, here are answers to commonly asked questions about the sun and your eyes:
Can Viruses Lead to Skin Cancer? No, we’re not talking about COVID-19 here. But emerging evidence shows a link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. Viruses may play a role in other skin cancers, too. Here’s what we know so far.
Sidelined by Skin Cancer? University of Kentucky defensive lineman Josh Paschal saw something on the bottom of his foot and said something. His dangerous melanoma didn’t bench him for long!
Driving Your Risk for Skin Cancer Cars may help you feel safer from exposure to Coronavirus, but they let in dangerous ultraviolet (UV) light. It’s important to use sun protection even if you’re not leaving the vehicle.
New #SharetheFacts Toolkit
Back by popular demand, we’ve put together a new #SharetheFacts social media toolkit with downloadable images that you can use and share all summer long. Check it out here and have fun sharing!
Detect Skin Changes with Full Body Photos: There’s an App for That!
It’s not easy to see the big picture of changes taking place on your skin. Taking full-body photos can be useful for spotting something new, changing or unusual over time. The Miiskin app enables you to capture front and back photos on your own, in complete privacy, using audible guidance to take effective images. The Skin Cancer Foundation appreciates Miiskin’s efforts to make skin cancer early detection a more intuitive process. We have partnered with Miiskin to help save and improve more lives. More information.
Have you ever had a sunburn? What did you do about it?
Too many to count! Cool shower and solarcaine as a kid. Melanoma surgery tomorrow.
Wish I had listened to Mom back in the day and hadn’t sunbathed to get that elusive tan on my fair skin.
Cool baths with baking soda. Spent a lifetime dodging the sun, and I still had Mohs for 3 cancers so far. Now I totally avoid the sun, wear long pants and long sleeves out on the boat, with a big hat and I'm soaked with sunscreen.
So, so many burns. Irish skin living in the Sun Belt never stood a chance. Cold aloe out of the fridge, cool showers, drink tons of water. I haven’t burnt in several years (I always wear sunscreen and sun blocking clothes).
All the things I used to mitigate the burn could not stop the damage. Eventually I got skin cancer. Now I wear sunscreen and wear UPF 50 clothing and hats.
Had a couple bad burns and peeling skin as a teenager way back before sunscreen. Had a terrible sunburn our first summer living in Wyoming in the high altitude and beautiful breeze. Had metastatic melanoma 20 years later, but by the grace of God, great surgeons and oncologists and new drugs at the time, I survived.