A recent fact sheet on skin cancer issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS) reports that close to 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year in the United States. The annual cost of treating skin cancers is estimated to be $8.1 billion.
The fact sheet highlights the role communities and decision makers can play in supporting sun safety, and offers these suggestions:
• Increase shade at playgrounds, public pools and other public spaces.
• Promote sun protection in recreation areas, including selling hats, sunscreen and sunglasses.
• Encourage employers, child care centers, schools, and colleges to teach employees and students about sun safety and skin protection.
• Restrict the availability and use of indoor tanning by minors.
• Promote electronic reporting of skin cancers and encourage health care systems and providers to use these systems.
The SUNucate initiative addresses barriers to sunscreen use in school and camps and promotes sun-safe behavior. For more information, visit asds.net/SUNucate.