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JulyUV Safety Month

American Academy of Ophthalmology

UV Safety Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin.

The good news? Skin cancer can be prevented! Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer.

Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can UV Safety Month make a difference?

We can all use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent it – both at home and in the larger community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to adopt good habits together, like wearing sunscreen and limiting their time in the sun.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to teach kids about the harm of UV rays and why it’s important to protect yourself.
  • Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Q. What is the main cause of skin cancer?
A. Being exposed to UV radiation from the sun. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/11bdfkS.

Did you know? Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Learn how to protect your skin: http://1.usa.gov/Xp0Enx.

Want to learn more about skin cancer? Check out this short presentation from Medline Plus: http://1.usa.gov/l9Fvbl

Go the extra step: Protect your skin from skin cancer by doing a skin self-exam. Learn how: http://1.usa.gov/prJMNR

Be cool and wear your shades – UV rays can hurt your eyes. Get more tips for healthy eyes: http://1.usa.gov/lgkLhw

Skin cancer affects people of all ages, including older adults. Learn how and why: http://1.usa.gov/jt7vYY

Health Tip: Put sunscreen on 30 minutes before you go outside.

  Web Badge

Add this free Web badge to your website, blog, or social networking profile to show your support for UV Safety Month.

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Get Involved

Take action to raise awareness about UV safety and skin cancer prevention.

  1. Host a tree-planting event. Ask your organization’s leaders to plant trees around the building for members to enjoy the outdoors while staying in the shade. Consider teaming up with local environmental organizations for cross-promotion.
  2. Post skin safety tips near major exits for members of your organization to read before stepping out into the sun.
  3. Send a memo with vacation tips to your members. Encourage them to pack sunscreen, wear hats, and avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  4. Ask a health professional (a local dermatologist, registered nurse, public health official, etc.) to demonstrate how to check skin regularly for warning signs of skin cancer.
  5. Host an indoor family health fair with recreational activities.

Adapted from the Adapted from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Contact the American Academy of Ophthalmology at eyemd@aao.orgfor more information and materials.

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