Skin Cancer Prevention Fact Sheets
Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented. These fact sheets list strategies for parents, teachers, employers, and parks and recreation staff.
Protect Your Family and Yourself from Skin Cancer. [PDF-860KB] Stay sun-safe outdoors by staying in the shade, especially during midday hours; wearing sun protection gear including a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt; and applying a thick layer of broad-spectrum sunscreen. Also, discourage children and teens from indoor tanning and sunbathing.
Protect Your Students from Skin Cancer. [PDF-4.7MB] Students are typically at school during midday hours when the UV rays from the sun are strongest. Recess and other outdoor activities during midday can put students at risk if they aren’t protected. Educators can increase shade, encourage sun-safe behaviors, use proven education programs, and discourage indoor tanning and sunbathing.
Protect Your Workers from Skin Cancer. [PDF-757KB] Skin cancer can greatly reduce workers’ productivity. Providing and encouraging sun protection for outdoor workers helps create a healthy and safe workplace. It can also increase productivity, which saves money.
Protect Your Visitors and Fellow Staff Members from Skin Cancer. [PDF-1.1MB] Visitors and staff of outdoor recreational areas are at risk of getting too much sun exposure. Parks and recreation staff can provide shade in high-use areas; sell sun protection items like wide-brimmed hats, protective clothing, and umbrellas; and provide broad-spectrum sunscreen.