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What CDC Is Doing About Skin Cancer

CDC provides leadership for nationwide efforts to reduce illness and death caused by skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. Some activities are listed below.

Burning Truth Communication Initiative

The Burning Truth communication initiative encouraged young people to keep their skin healthy and beautiful for life by protecting themselves from too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds.


  • CDC scientists published two papers in a special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that discuss ways to reduce indoor tanning and prevent future cases of skin cancer.
  • CDC published a journal supplement about melanoma in the United States.
  • Two studies used data from nationwide surveys to look at indoor tanning among U.S. adults and sun-protective behaviors and sunburn among adults under age 30.
  • Survey data were used to look at sunscreen use and indoor tanning among high school students, as well as factors related to indoor tanning among male high school students.

Sun Safety for America’s Youth Toolkit

The Sun Safety for America’s Youth Toolkit is a resource for comprehensive cancer control programs interested in engaging schools and other education partners in sun safety efforts.

School Guidelines

The Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer were designed to provide schools with a comprehensive approach to preventing skin cancer among adolescents and young people.

Shade Planning Manual

The Shade Planning for America’s Schools [PDF-1.2MB] manual helps schools ensure school grounds have adequate shade.