July is UV Safety Awareness Month and we're here to remind you: Don't get burned! Ultraviolet (UV) rays are strong in the northern hemisphere at this time of year. Sunburn happens quickly and hurts you in more ways than one:

  • Sunburn accelerates skin aging and is a leading cause in the majority of cases of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma skin cancers  
  • 33,000+ people each year visit the emergency room for sunburn-related medical treatment, according to the National Cancer Institute 
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk of developing melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of the disease 

Sunburn is bad news, but the good news is that it’s totally preventable. If you’re heading to the beach or just spending time in your backyard, make sure to protect your skin and know what to do if you do get burned. Above all, learn from your burn and ensure that it never happens to you again. 

 

Dr. Sarnoff Says

Can You Spot the Sun Protection?

A complete sun protection routine uses sunscreen, window shields, clothing, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas, natural shade and more. How many do you count? Our staff found anywhere from 50 to 100! Check here for hints.

Spot the sun protection graphic

Illustration by Tomi Um

Destination Healthy Skin Update

Destination Healthy Skin, our mobile skin cancer screening and education program has reached the halfway point in the journey around the country. To date, our volunteer dermatologists have provided free skin cancer screenings for 680 participants, putting in over 87 hours of service to the public. And we’re not done yet! 

Read the latest update 

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Make a gift to support this lifesaving journey 

 

New on the Blog

10 Ways to Boost Your Sunscreen 

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you may not realize how much UV exposure you’re getting while pursuing your passion. Maximize your sun safety with our experts’ best tips. 

Our Staff Gets Out! 

At The Skin Cancer Foundation, we know how vital time in nature is for our health. Our staff members share a photo and tell how they protect their skin from the sun. 

5 Sneaky Ways You’re Being Exposed to the Sun’s UV Rays 

There are more than a few situations where UV radiation can sneak in and reach you, and it’s just as important to protect yourself against potential skin damage at these times as it is on sunny days. 

Ask the Expert: Can I Avoid a Scar? 

If much of a skin cancer tumor is below the surface, the scar may be bigger than expected. But Mohs surgery has a high cure rate while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. 

Indoor Tanning Legislation: Here’s Where We Stand 

When you consider the dangers of indoor tanning, it’s difficult to believe the practice is still legal for anyone, let alone children. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a proven human carcinogen, and skin cancer is linked to indoor tanning. Yet we know that teenagers around the country are still using UV tanning beds.

 

New Sun Protection Webinar Series     

Learn the best way to protect your skin from UV damage that can lead to skin cancer, using sun protection products that have earned the Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. Join our free webinar series to find out why the Seal is a big deal!

Register now for part one: “The Seal of Recommendation and Sunscreens,” featuring guest speaker Anna L. Chien, MD, a member of our Photobiology Committee.

The Seal of Recommendation and Sunscreens

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
3 to 3:30 PM EDT

Register 

 

Amazon Prime Days: July 12-13, 2022

Support the Skin Cancer Foundation at no cost to you

Amazon Smile is a simple, automatic way for you to support The Skin Cancer Foundation on Amazon Prime Days and every time you shop, at no cost to you!  

Shop using our custom link and select The Skin Cancer Foundation as your charity of choice. You'll find the exact same prices and vast selection of products as when you visit Amazon.com.

The best part? AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to support The Skin Cancer Foundation's lifesaving programs. No fees, no extra costs.

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