No matter your age or the time of year, The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends you focus on safety by protecting the delicate skin around your eyes from skin cancer and premature aging.
It’s a fact: The vast majority of skin cancers around the eyes are basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). While BCCs rarely spread, if left untreated, they can grow larger, making surgical treatment difficult – with the potential to cause tissue damage and blindness. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) account for a smaller percentage of eyelid cancers and have a higher chance of spreading. Melanoma, a more dangerous form of skin cancer, can occur around and in the eye, but it is far less common.
The good news is that you can prevent sun damage to your eyes and eyelids by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, applying sunscreen and seeking the shade.
You’ll find even more sun safety information at our free webinar on sun protection for the home and garden. Get all the details and register here.
We know that many of you are taking steps to protect your eyes. Early this month, we polled our Facebook and Twitter communities about eye protection and about 70 percent of respondents answered yes. We’d love to see that number reach 100 percent for the next poll.
Here are answers to commonly asked questions about the sun and your eyes:
World Sight Day is October 14. We often say that skin cancer is the cancer you can see, but for the visually impaired, it may be challenging to identify skin cancer warning signs. Thankfully, there are ways for visually impaired people to stay on top of skin health and detect potential skin cancers early.
Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15
You may not think that people who identify as Hispanic or Latino/Latina are at risk for sunburns or skin cancer. They are at risk, though, and some are at high risk. Our expert, Maritza I. Perez, MD, explains why.
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Destination Healthy Skin Wrap Up
After five months on the road, Destination Healthy Skin wrapped up its 2022 journey around the country. Our volunteer dermatologists screened 1,400 people and identified 513 suspected skin cancers and precancers, while event managers provided skin cancer education and sunscreen products to thousands of participants. Thank you to all who support this lifesaving program!
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The Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Awards program is now widely known as the most influential "people's choice" awards for outstanding nonprofits, large and small. If you are pleased with the work we do to educate the public about the dangers of skin cancer, you can help!
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#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 29
Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate each and every single act of generosity we have to offer. . Pick a cause that gets you fired up – like The Skin Cancer Foundation – spread the word about our free skin cancer screenings, education and research – and get out the give!
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Free Webinar: Sun Protection for the Home and Garden
Don’t miss the finale of our three-part series of sun protection webinars taking place on October 20 at 9:30 AM Eastern time. Our expert, Elizabeth Buzney, MD, will explain why sun-protective products for the home and garden that have earned the Seal of Recommendation are the best ways to protect your eyes and skin from UV damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Register for Part 3: The Seal of Recommendation and Sun Protection for Home and Garden, with Dr. Elizabeth Buzney, October 20, 2022.
Watch the recording of Part 1: The Seal of Recommendation and Sunscreen.
Watch the Recording of Part 2: The Seal of Recommendation and Wearable Sun Protection,
Melanoma Survey Opportunity
A research study to help better understand metastatic melanoma is now underway. If you are an adult from the US who has been diagnosed with stage III or stage IV metastatic melanoma, you are invited to take part in a 30-minute online survey about treatment experiences and how people make choices about treatment.
If you are interested and eligible, you will receive $50 after you have completed the survey. All information and responses will remain confidential.
Get more information here.
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