Protect All the Skin You’re In
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, yet most skin cancers can be prevented.
Every year, there are 63,000 new cases of and 9,000 deaths from melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Ultraviolet (UV) exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer. A new CDC study shows that the majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
In fact, fewer than 15% of men and fewer than 30% of women reported using sunscreen regularly on their face and other exposed skin when outside for more than 1 hour.
Many women report that they regularly use sunscreen on their faces but not on other exposed skin.
Choose sun protection strategies that work.
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15+ to protect any exposed skin.
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and other clothes to protect skin.
- Sunscreen works best when used with shade or clothes, and it must be re-applied every two hours and after swimming, sweating, and toweling off.
Learn about Skin Cancer Prevention Progress
Every year, 9,000 people die from melanoma in the United States. 5 million people are treated for skin cancer, which costs approximately $8.1 billion. Despite past efforts to prevent skin cancer in our nation, the rates of skin cancer have continued to increase. In July of 2014, the Office of the Surgeon General prioritized the prevention of skin cancer by releasing “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer” otherwise known as the “Call to Action.” This report identifies statistics about behaviors relating to the onset of skin cancer as well as the statistics about the cases of skin cancer itself. Much progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go in order to continue to prevent skin cancer.
Learn about Summer Sun & Skin Cancer Prevention
Every year, nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are treated for skin cancer. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and, sometimes, deadly. Fortunately, most skin cancers are preventable by engaging in good health practices that monitor sun exposure and include sunscreen, wide-brim hats, sunglasses, and wearing sleeves.
CDC has great fact sheets to help raise awareness across four community groups: families, employers, schools, and outdoor recreational facilities. This suite of materials is part of the CDC’s commitment to the 2014’s Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. Each piece provides simple, targeted recommendations and resources about sun safety targeting different groups in the community
Learn about the Aging Brain
In July 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and many other partners, released the “Road Map”, highlighting actions that state and local public health departments and their partners can take to promote cognitive health and address cognitive impairment among older adults. The Road Map guides the work of Jason Karlawish and Amy Jordan as they participate in the Healthy Brain Research Network and design culturally relevant messages regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Learn about Skin Cancer Prevention
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides Sun Safety Tips, as well as Fast Facts about Skin Cancer.
Learn about Obesity, Overweight and Chronic Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides strategies to combat obesity, as well as data, statistics, and state and local programs designed to advance physical activity and nutrition issues. The CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to prevent and reduce overweight and obesity.