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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin Cancer Awareness month and the many opportunities it brings helps us to amplify our sun-safety messages. Each of you plays a vital role in efforts to promote sun safety and reverse the current trend of growing skin cancer rates.

This year, we are especially excited about the new #SunSafeSelfie initiative, designed to leverage the wide reach and engagement of social media to promote sun safety.

Participation is simple:

Photograph yourself using sun protection.

Post the photo on social media and tag it with #SunSafeSelfie.

Practice what you post. Plan ahead before outdoor activities, so you are always prepared to stay sun-safe.

We encourage you to participate on your own social media accounts and spread the word to your community partners, member organizations, friends, and family.

Click here to download the flyer which can be used to promote the #SunSafeSelfie initiative. We have already heard that some of you plan to distribute the flyer in dermatology clinics and on college campuses. Others have creative ideas in the works, like hosting a #SunSafeSelfie photo booth at upcoming community events and conferences. Please keep the fun ideas coming!

The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day: Protect your skin today and every day.

Millions of Americans will enjoy the great outdoors Memorial Day weekend. Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers in the United States. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the outdoors safely. We have named the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day. In the same way we teach kids to wear bike helmets, we can also teach them to wear wide-brimmed hats.

Find out more at www.skincancerprevention.org