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The Burning Issue


While we try to protect ourselves and our families from exposure to certain known carcinogens like asbestos, radon and tobacco smoke, remembering exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is equally important. Harmful UV rays are considered another human carcinogen widely overlooked, despite its presence all around while we enjoy the outdoors.

The urgent need for action is supported by alarming statistics. The incidence of skin cancer in the U.S. has increased dramatically since the 1970s. The rate is rising faster than any other type of cancer. This year there will be more new cases of skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. Every hour, one American will die from skin cancer.

Skin cancer is highly preventable. Right at home, you can establish beneficial sun safe habits that help educate and protect family members from harmful, UV rays.

In this section of the website, you can learn about:

Skin Cancer & UV
Did you know skin cancer is increasing at an alarming rate? Find out what causes skin cancer and how to prevent it. more>>>

Vitamin D
UV does have some benefits. See how it helps our skin manufacture Vitamin D. more>>>

Colorado Regulations
Find out about important sun safety regulations that may affect your school district. more>>>

Still not sure? Find answers to questions that have you wondering more about the sun and how to protect family members. more>>>

Common Misconceptions
Find many common misconceptions about sun safety. more>>>

This Year's Fast Facts:

Fast Facts

In 2013:

  • 76,690 new cases of melanoma are expected in the U.S.
  • 9,480 melanoma deaths are expected in the U.S.
  • 1,310 new cases of melanoma are expected in Colorado.

(National Cancer Institute & American Cancer Society)

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