The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and most cases are preventable.

Despite efforts to address skin cancer risk factors, such as inadequate sun protection and intentional tanning behaviors, skin cancer rates, including rates of melanoma, have continued to increase in the United States and worldwide. The goal of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer is to increase skin cancer awareness and to call for actions to reduce its risk.

For the latest data on progress in addressing skin cancer risk, including state- and county-level data on melanoma incidence, melanoma mortality, UV irradiance, and more, visit the Melanoma Dashboard.