Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In the United States in 2009,* 61,646 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin, and 9,199 people died from it.† CDC leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. When in the sun, seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
*Latest year for which statistics are available. †Source: USCS.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Ultraviolet (UV) rays can reach you on cloudy days, as well as bright and sunny days. Learn how to protect yourself and your children.
Shade Planning for Schools [PDF-1.2MB]
This manual helps schools maintain a physical environment that supports sun safety by ensuring that school grounds have adequate shade.
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