This fall, and all year long, we encourage you to focus on safety by protecting the delicate skin around your eyes from skin cancer and premature aging.
 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

October Newsletter
Vol. 10 | October 2023

This fall, and all year long, we encourage you to focus on safety by protecting the delicate skin around your eyes from skin cancer and premature aging. 

The vast majority of skin cancers around the eyes are basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). While BCCs rarely spread, if left untreated, they can grow larger, making surgical treatment difficult – with the potential to cause tissue damage and blindness. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) account for a smaller percentage of eyelid cancers and have a higher chance of spreading. Melanoma, a more dangerous form of skin cancer, can occur around and in the eye, but it is far less common. 

The good news is that you can prevent sun damage to your eyes and eyelids by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, applying sunscreen and seeking the shade. 

Here are answers to commonly asked questions about the sun and your eyes:   

World Sight Day was October 14. We often say that skin cancer is the cancer you can see, but for the visually impaired, it may be challenging to identify skin cancer warning signs. Thankfully, there are ways for visually impaired people to stay on top of skin health and detect potential skin cancers early.  

Dr. Sarnoff Says

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15

You may not think that people who identify as Hispanic or Latino/Latina are at risk for sunburns or skin cancer. They are at risk, though, and some are at high risk. Our expert explains why

On the Blog 

Build the way you want

In My Mother’s Eyes: Her Ocular Melanoma Story 

Ocular (meaning “of the eye”) melanoma is very different from cutaneous (“of the skin”) melanoma. Learn more about this rare form of melanoma, in a story told by the daughter of a survivor.

Build the way you want

Surprising Signs of Sun Damage 

Wrinkles, dark spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, even freckles are signs of sun damage. Our experts share what you can do to improve your skin. 

Build the way you want

Celebrities and Skin Cancer – They’re Just Like Us 

Given the prevalence of skin cancer in the United States, it’s not surprising that so many celebrities have had the disease. In fact, one out of every five Americans is going to get skin cancer 

Build the way you want

Defend Your Skin: NFL Coach Shares 3 Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention 

For Sean McDermott, head coach of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, a strong defensive strategy is a key part of winning, both on and off the field. That’s why he’s teaming up with The Skin Cancer Foundation to bring attention to the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection. 

Destination Healthy Skin Wrap Up

Our 2023 Destination Healthy Skin free skin cancer screening and education program has wrapped up another eventful season. Here are this year’s final numbers: 

  • 42 events around the country 

  • 1,845 free skin cancer screenings provided by 66 volunteer dermatologists 

  • 788 potential skin cancers and precancers identified by our dermatologists, including 44 suspected melanomas  

  • 168 potential atypical moles identified. These moles are a risk factor for melanoma. 

  • 6,200+ people received free educational materials, skin care and sun protection products 

Read our 2023 Recap

Support the 2024 journey: Your gift helps us reach more people and save more lives.  


Thanks to our amazing community The Skin Cancer Foundation earned the 2023 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits. This honor means the world to us because we received it by earning the trust of our community. Thank you to all who gave us positive reviews.  

This distinction is a measure of our efficiency, sustainability and transparency, and sends the message that donors can give to our cause with confidence. 

Donate to Fight Skin Cancer 

Skin cancer kills 2 people in the U.S. every hour. Together, we can change that. Your donation helps more people understand their risks, prevent skin cancer, and detect skin cancer sooner, when it is easier to treat. Our programs, fueled by your support, help us reach more people and save more lives: 

  • Free skin cancer screenings for people in need

  • Skin cancer information that educates and raises awareness 

  • Support resources to help patients and caregivers cope  

  • Fund pioneering skin cancer research 

  • Advocacy work to stop indoor tanning  


#GivingTuesday is November 28

Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate each and every single act of generosity we have to offer. Pick a cause that gets you fired up – like The Skin Cancer Foundation – spread the word about our free skin cancer screenings, education and research – and get out the give!  

Monthly Giving: Join Our Skin Protection Fund

Join our community of monthly donors and become a member of the Skin Protection Fund (SPF). Your recurring gift will steadily support the lifesaving programs of the Foundation and help us educate the public and the medical community about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment. Learn more and donate here

Stay Connected



Follow us:

View in Web Browser

The Skin Cancer Foundation
205 Lexington Ave
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016-6022
United States

Manage my subscription

Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign