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It’s UV Awareness Month! Take a look at how AAD promotes sun safety year-round

In May, the AAD launched its annual skin cancer awareness campaign to educate the public about skin cancer detection and prevention. The campaign’s key messages about sun safety were seen more than a billion times in news outlets across the country and urged Americans to #PracticeSafeSun to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation while outdoors.

This July marks UV Awareness Month

In July, we raise awareness that UV is the root cause of most skin cancers and encourage the public to take precautions. The AAD recommends that the public #PracticeSafeSun the year-round by following three simple steps while outdoors:

  • Seek shade when appropriate

  • Wear sun-protective clothing

  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher

These tips and expert guidance from dermatologists were covered in high-profile news publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Prevention, both this last May for Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the year, though, the Academy promotes sun safety by working with the dermatologists who serve on our Media Expert Team, landing media coverage in WebMD, HealthDay, FOX News, and more. In addition, all AAD resources and tools encourage the public to see a board-certified dermatologist for their skin, hair, and nail concerns — no matter the season.

Want to help spread the word?

If you are looking for content to share with the public and your patients this summer, here are a few resources that help spread the word about sun protection and sun safety.