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Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but damage from the sun starts at a young age. By protecting your skin from the sun today, you can prevent skin cancer later in life.

Review Date: March 09, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Actinic Keratoses and Skin Cancer

The page includes information on who gets AKs, what causes AKs, where AKs are usually found, how to prevent AKs, where someone can get more information about AKs and skin cancer, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

American Academy of Dermatology

Anyone Can Get Skin Cancer

Although dark skin does not burn in the sun as easily as fair skin, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Learn how to protect yourself.

Review Date: June 17, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Body Mole Map

This page provides instructions for a skin self-exam. If you notice a mole that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds (even if it is small), you should see a dermatologist immediately.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

American Academy of Dermatology

CDC: Skin Cancer

Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. Read these CDC recommendations to protect yourself from UV radiation.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Common Moles, Dysplastic Nevi, and Risk of Melanoma

If the color, size, shape, or height of a mole changes or if it starts to itch, bleed, or ooze, people should tell their doctor. People should also tell their doctor if they see a new mole that doesn’t look like their other moles. View photos of common moles, dysplastic nevi, and melanomas.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Find a Free Skin Cancer Screening

Choose healthy sun safe behaviors, including skin cancer prevention. Find a free skin cancer screening in your area. This site also offers a locator service for finding dermatologic surgeons.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Health Effects of Overexposure to the Sun

This article provides a quick overview of the major health problems linked to overexposure to UV radiation. Understanding these risks and taking a few sensible precautions will help you enjoy the sun while lowering your chances of sun-related health problems.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Tanning

Deliberate tanning, either indoors or out, increases your risk of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers this consumer alert noting myths and truths about indoor tanning.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Federal Trade Commission

Indoor Tanning: The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays

Learn about the serious health risks that sunlamps and tanning beds pose.

Review Date: August 02, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

NIHSeniorHealth: Skin Cancer

This site provides information about the causes, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Also available are two short videos on protecting yourself from skin cancer.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Preventing Sun Damage

Follow these 10 guidelines to limit your sun exposure and reduce your skin cancer risk.

Review Date: November 16, 2011

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

Protecting Children from the Sun

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don't have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in a layer of the skin. It affects one out of every seven Americans each year, making it the most prevalent form of cancer. However, the majority of all skin cancers can be cured if detected and treated in time.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Skin Cancer Detection

This page provides information about skin cancer types, warning signs, and treatment as well as information about when to consult a doctor.

Review Date: May 18, 2012

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

Skin Cancer Foundation: Physician Finder

Search the Skin Cancer Foundation database for a dermatologist near you.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

Skin Cancer Foundation

Skin Cancer Risk Tool

Use this tool to find out if any of the known risk factors for skin cancer apply to you and how to lower your risk.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Cancer Institute

Skin Cancer Self Examination

Skin self-examination can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. Learn how to do it and what to look for.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

Skin Cancer Foundation

SkinCancerNet

This site provides skin cancer information resource, including prevention, diagnosis/treatment, skin examinations, risk, and more.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

American Academy of Dermatology

Sun Safety

The sun, our primary source of vitamin D, helps us absorb calcium for stronger bones. But it doesn't take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need. Repeated, unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Tanning Beds: Are They Safer Than the Sun?

Are tanning beds safer than natural sunlight? There's no such thing as a safe tan. Both sunlight and tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

What You Need To Know About™ Melanoma

This booklet discusses melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Learn about risks and prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, followup care and where patients can find support to help cope with melanoma.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

What You Need To Know About™ Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers

Learn how to do skin self-exams on a regular basis to check for skin cancers and other abnormalities.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

What You Need To Know About™ Skin Cancer

Learn about basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer, sometimes called nonmelanoma skin cancer, and what you can do to prevent these types of cancer. Find information about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, and how to do a skin self-exam.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Your Disease Risk: Melanoma

To estimate your risk of melanoma and learn about ways to lower that risk, take a few minutes to answer some questions about your health, background, and lifestyle.

Review Date: March 08, 2011

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Free Skin Cancer Screenings

The American Academy of Dermatology partners with dermatologists across the United States to offer free skin cancer screenings. Find one near you.

Review Date: April 03, 2014

American Academy of Dermatology