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.
When spending time outdoors, simple options—like staying in the shade, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt, and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher—can lower your chances of getting skin cancer and protect against signs of sun damage such as wrinkles and age spots.
Show Us Your #SunSafeSelfie!
Show us your #SunSafeSelfie and join the conversation to raise awareness about the benefits of sun protection!
- Photograph yourself using sun protection.
- Post it on social media and tag it with #SunSafeSelfie.
- Practice what you post! (Plan ahead before outdoor activities, so you’re always prepared to stay sun-safe.)
#SunSafeSelfie Photo Gallery
Check out our gallery of #SunSafeSelfie photos below. Click on each picture for more information.
Dr. Lisa Richardson doing the right thing!
Demetrius (left) hangs out with college golf sensation Taylor Simmons while being sun-safe. Taylor is wearing a wide-brimmed golf hat to shade his face, ears, and neck from harmful UV rays. Demetrius wears a hat and sunglasses. “Don’t intentionally tan to change your skin tone. Just be your #SunSafeSelf,” Demetrius advises.
Baby showing off her sun-safe style with a wide-brimmed hat and swimsuit with sleeves.
Ravi, Taylor, and Neil staying sun-safe while visiting the Taj Mahal.
Rob and Qaiser stopping for a quick #SunSafeSelfie while exploring the Grand Canyon.
Mary and Dave safely enjoying a sunny day at Niagara Falls.
Girl staying sun-safe while enjoying time at the beach in Hansville, Washington.
Laura and Jess promoting sun safety at the Society for Behavioral Medicine annual meeting.
Friends staying sun-safe on their hike.
Family enjoying time together in the shade.
Bev and Dariun wearing sun protection gear.
Boy staying sun-safe while blowing bubbles.
Dariun wearing sun protection gear while fishing.
Baby staying sun-safe in a swing.
Bobbie staying in the shade while enjoying beautiful views in Grand Teton National Park.
Baby keeping it cool with a wide-brimmed hat and shades.
Demetrius takes a #SunSafeSelfie while sporting his new UV-protective, wide-brimmed golf hat to help cover his face, ears, and neck from harmful UVA/UVB rays, and wears sunglasses to protect his eyes. “Now, if only these precautions would help me hit the ball long and straight! Have fun this summer on the course and stay sun-safe,” he says.
MaryBeth and Brandon wearing wide-brimmed hats and rash guards at the beach.
Bob wearing his wide-brimmed hat while checking out Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
Girl showing off her sun-safe style at the pool with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
The Peters family staying sun-safe at the beach.
A family showing off their wide-brimmed hats.