Did You Know?
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
It is estimated that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young adults 15-29 years old.
The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
Whether from the sun or an artificial source, ultraviolet radiation is known to cause cancer.
An easy way to remember sun safety awareness is to Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap — slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses.
Sun Safety Packing List
-A wide-brimmed hat
- A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or higher (in your checked luggage if you are travelling via airline)
- Lip balm
- An umbrella
- Long-sleeved, light-weight shirts and pants
- A list of museums/other in-door sites to visit during the sun’s peak UV hours (between 10 and 4)