Skin Cancer Prevention Success Stories

Programs have found many innovative ways to help prevent skin cancer in their communities. Some highlights are provided below.

Terri Flori helps her son Kai apply sunscreen from a dispenser at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Health will install more free sunscreen dispensers at state beaches and parks, expanding its successful program making sun safety a priority.

Kyle Davis and Hayley Davis apply sunscreen from a dispenser at a City of Reno park

The Sun Smart Schools program teaches students how to protect their skin from too much exposure to the sun and encourages schools to create sun safety policies.

Photo of a sunscreen dispenser

The Vermont Department of Health partnered with IMPACT Melanoma to add free sunscreen dispensers in 28 state and local parks and private ski areas. The dispensers have messaging promoting the importance of sunscreen.

Photo of an outdoor worker.

The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America helps outdoor workers prevent skin cancer by educating them and their employers about sun safety.

Photo of a shade structure in Baytown, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center uses a multi-component community-wide approach to improve sun protection in a variety of settings in Baytown, Texas.

Photo of health educators from the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute

Health educators from the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute raise community awareness of skin cancer and educate the public on skin cancer prevention and early detection strategies.

Photo of a teenage girl wearing a hat and sunglasses

The skin cancer prevention efforts in New Hampshire are one example of using surveillance data to inform community action.

Photo of a shade structure for a school athletic field. Signs on the structure say Be Sun Smart, East Meadow Association Pony Field, and Stop Melanoma Skin Cancer.

The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign provided permanent and portable shade structures for schools’ athletic fields.

Photo of a sunscreen dispenser in El Paso, Texas

To support sun-safe behaviors, the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation created an initiative to provide free sunscreen in convenient and attractive dispensers throughout El Paso, Texas.

Photo of children playing under a shade structure funded by the American Academy of Dermatology

Since 2003, the American Academy of Dermatology has given money to schools, child care centers, parks, and nonprofit organizations to build more than 350 permanent shade structures.

Photo of Dr. Sherry Pagoto presenting Dr. Carolyn Heckman with the Skin Smart Campus award for Temple University.

The Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus is a national initiative supported by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. It aims to break ties between universities and tanning salons and educate college students about skin cancer prevention.

Photo of John Harvey, MD; William J. Nixon, MD; Patrick O’Neal, MD; Ravi R. Patel, MD; and Rutledge Forney, MD.

The Georgia Sunscreen Initiative works with skin cancer prevention experts, state agencies, and universities to reduce skin cancer in local communities.

Photo of a free-standing shade structure at the Albert Bean Elementary School in Pine Hill, New Jersey

The Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation built a free-standing shade structure at the Albert Bean Elementary School in Pine Hill, New Jersey.