Welcome to the Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Awareness Student Site
While being outside and having some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much exposure can be dangerous. Overexposure can cause serious health effects including skin cancer. Currently, one in five Americans develops skin cancer during their lifetime. Every hour one person dies from this disease.
You can make a difference! It is important to learn about skin cancer and improving your sun safety because you can receive up to 80 percent of your lifetime sun exposure by age 18. Through education about effects from the sun and the steps for sun protection, we can work toward a healthy future.
The website was created by Blumenthal Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Source credits for statistics, data and information include the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute of the U.S. National Institutes of Health and The Skin Cancer Foundation. Funding for the project was provided by the Blumenthal Cancer Center's Melanoma Fund of Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.