The sun is the primary source of excessive ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is the cause of most skin cancers. Immediate adverse effects of excessive exposure are sunburn and eye damage; longer effects include premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.
An overview of sun safety and Academy programs.
Published in Pediatrics, this article explains common attitudes of Pediatricians with regard to sun protection counseling at check-ups.
Do you know someone who was recently diagnosed with melanoma? This resource helps people with melanoma, caregivers and their families throughout their cancer journey.
Provides general information on skin cancer geared toward senior patients.
A variety of research-tested programs for sun safety.
Hosts a variety of sun safety and skin cancer awareness programs throughout the U.S.
SunWise provides free sun safety resources for schools, caregivers, and communities.
Provides information for patients diagnosed with melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.
Personalize this e-card which promotes sun safety with a link to the CDC's skin cancer prevention site.
Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to manage them.
Sun safety tips for outdoor workers.
Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer. The amount of damage from UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, the length of exposure, and whether the skin is protected. There are no safe UV rays or safe suntans.
OSHA's nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign aims to raise awareness and teach workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide valuable resources to address these concerns.
Provides safety information for outdoor workers who are exposed to heat stress, UV radiation, poisonous plants and creatures, and pest-borne diseases.
Sun safety tips for farmers.
A toolkit for outdoor workers with sample policies and other resources.
Resources from an all-out effort to alert laborers to the solar danger in outdoor summer work.
A forecast of the day’s peak UV intensity.
Does your child like to tan? Learn how to debunk some common myths about tanning here.
Facts for parents of teens who like to tan.
Letters, fliers, facts and a video explaining the importance of being smart in the sun.
Tips for parents on providing skin cancer protection for their kids and teenagers.
Have a question about being smart in the sun? The information here will help keep you and your family sun-smart this summer.
Test your knowledge to see how much you know about being safe in the sun.
Want to know more about sunscreen? Get the information you need here.
Do you want to make your community more sun savvy? Learn how here.
Parks and Recreation Staff
A good overview of what too much sun exposure can do to your skin. You'll also find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.
Targeted to ski resorts, Go Sun Smart offers you tips on how you can easily protect your skin and eyes.
A public education program designed to raise awareness about the simple, everyday steps soccer players and their fans can take to prevent skin cancer.
Information on sun safety for baseball parents, fans, players, coaches and the public about the benefits of protection from the sun.
Skin cancer prevention among lifegurads at outdoor swimmign pools.
Want to get a good overview of what too much sun exposure can do to your skin? Here you’ll find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.
Policy guidance and other background information for parks and recreation programs.
Free sun safety resources for zoos and aquariums.
Is your camp or park SunWise-certified? If not, take this free online training and certification.
Ever wonder how many tanning salons are in your community and what that means for public health? Learn more here.
Background information on indoor tanning and what it means for your community’s health.
Learn more about what the Melanoma Research Foundation is doing to prevent and treat skin cancer.
A quick overview of skin cancer statistics and facts.
These fact sheets give state-specific information about skin cancer incidence and prevention.
Learn more about what Skin Cancer Foundation is doing to prevent skin cancer.
Teachers and Schools
Sample school and district policies; Educational videos for K-6; Shopping for shade structures, trees, and hats; Ideas for Don't Fry Day.
This report reviews scientific literature regarding the rates, trends, causes, and prevention of skin cancer and presents guidelines for schools to implement a comprehensive approach to preventing skin cancer.
Activities and fact sheets to help children understand the importance of staying safe in the sun.
Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. (Sun Awareness For Educating Today's Youth) is a science-based skin cancer awareness and prevention curriculum.
Free skin cancer awareness lesson for grades 6-12. Duration is two class periods, 40 minutes each.
A grant program for shade structures.
Free online activities and downloadable materials for kids and teachers.
Free sun safety resources for schools ranging from posters to activities.
These resources promote the SunSmart America™ message and provide teachers with information and a range of classroom activities on skin cancer and sun protection.
The SunAWARE curriculum is designed for K-12 students and includes four distinct instructional levels. It encompasses lessons on the factors that affect UV intensity and skin sensitivity as well as proven methods of sun protection and skin cancer recognition. Free school resources including UV meters and info fliers are available.
Free activities and resources for schools.
Australia’s premier skin cancer prevention program has numerous resources for schools and children.
Free sun safety resources and tool kit for K-8 schools. The tool kit contains more than 50 age-appropriate and cross-curricular activities that are aligned with national education standards.
A national sun safety poster contest for K-8th grade students.
A free program for teens and college-age students.
The Your Skin Is In contest asks high school and college students to take a No-Tanning pledge prior to their proms and spring break.
What do you know about the sun? Test your "suntelligence" with this short quiz.
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