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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology is asking "Do You Use Protection?" and is encouraging you to practice safe sun every time you are outdoors. Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+ to reduce your risk.

They use protection. Do you?

Everyone needs to use protection. No matter your age, gender or race, the AAD’s new video, “Do You Use Protection?” reminds you about the importance of protecting your skin anytime you’re outdoors.

Watch the video


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Practice Safe Sun

Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are attributable to UV exposure. Use this infographic as a reminder to “practice safe sun” to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Download this infographic



Test your sun protection knowledge

Do you know how to reduce your risk of skin cancer? Are you protecting yourself properly? Take this quiz to find out.


More resources

The Sun's Hot. Skin Cancer's Not.

Skin cancer is the second most common cancer in women ages 15 to 29. Use this infographic to remind young women how to protect themselves from the sun.

Say Yes to Sun Protection

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Protect yourself with these tips.

Sunscreen Resource Center

When you protect your skin from the sun, you reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and early skin aging. Discover the role that sunscreen plays in protecting your skin.

Body Mole Map

Use this to learn what to look for, record your spots, and reference them during your next dermatologist visit.

How to SPOT Skin Cancer™

When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Use this information to check your skin regularly.

Skin Cancer Fact Sheet

Do you use protection? If not, these statistics about skin cancer will have you reconsidering.

Indoor Tanning Fact Sheet

Even one indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Learn the facts about the dangers of indoor tanning.

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