July is UV Safety Awareness Month and we’re here to remind you: Don’t get burned! Ultraviolet (UV) rays are strong in the northern hemisphere at this time of year.
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July Newsletter
Vol. 7 | July 2023

July is UV Safety Awareness Month and we’re here to remind you: Don’t get burned! Ultraviolet (UV) rays are strong in the northern hemisphere at this time of year. Sunburn  happens quickly and hurts you in more ways than one:  

  • Sunburn accelerates skin aging and is a leading cause in the majority of cases of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma skin cancers  

  • 33,000+ people each year visit the emergency room for sunburn-related medical treatment, according to the National Cancer Institute 

  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk of developing melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of the disease

Sunburn is bad news, but the good news is that it’s totally preventable. If you’re heading to the beach or just spending time in your backyard, make sure to protect your skin and know what to do if you do get burned. Above all, learn from your burn and ensure that it never happens to you again.   

Dr. Sarnoff Says

Sign the Petition: Tell the FDA to Ban Teen Tanning! 

The Skin Cancer Foundation and Refinery29 are teaming up to save lives. As of July 10, more than 3,000 people have signed the petition. That is great progress – thank you for your help! 

Our Goal: We hope to get 7,500 signatures by August 31 and then we will send the petition to Washington, DC.  

You can help.  

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Our Community Speaks: No Tan is Worth Dying For 

We asked our Facebook audience: 

What would you say to someone who wants to visit an indoor tanning salon?  Here’s what they said: 

Destination Healthy Skin Update 

Destination Healthy Skin, our mobile skin cancer screening and education program has reached the halfway point in the journey around the country. To date, our volunteer dermatologists have provided free skin cancer screenings for 281 participants, putting in over 39 hours of service to the public. And we’re not done yet! 

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5 Sneaky Ways You’re Being Exposed to the Sun’s UV Rays 

There are more than a few situations where UV radiation can sneak in and reach you, and it’s just as important to protect yourself against potential skin damage at these times as it is on sunny days.

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Why Do We (Still) Tan? 

We know the risks of tanning, so why do people still do it? Here, a deep look at the history behind tan skin. 

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Indoor Tanning Legislation: Here’s Where We Stand 

When you consider the dangers of indoor tanning, it’s difficult to believe the practice is still legal for anyone, let alone children. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a proven human carcinogen, and skin cancer is linked to indoor tanning. Yet we know that teenagers around the country are still using UV tanning beds. 

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Are People of Color at Risk for Skin Cancer? 

Are people of color at risk for skin cancer? We explore the facts, bust the myths and address personalized sun protection. 

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Can You Spot the Sun Protection?  

A complete sun protection routine uses sunscreen, window shields, clothing, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas, natural shade and more. How many do you count? Our staff found anywhere from 50 to 100! 

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Skin Cancer Awareness Day at Yankee Stadium 

Thursday, August 24 

Join The Skin Cancer Foundation and the New York Yankees for Skin Cancer Awareness Day at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees face the Washington Nationals. Fans who buy tickets through this offer will receive an official New York Yankees Bucket Hat co-branded with The Skin Cancer Foundation logo, and $5 of each ticket sold through the offer will benefit the Foundation. Each ticket also includes a regular sized hot dog and one beverage. 
Free screenings: During the game, complimentary skin cancer screenings will be available on the main level concourse between sections 217 and 223. 

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