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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

May has been declared Skin Cancer Awareness Month by the Centers for Disease Control.  With more than 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed annually in over two million people in the United States, we need to become SunAWARE. 

Here are a few ideas for you to be AWARE of Skin Cancer this month and all summer long.

1.) Start out May with a Free Skin Cancer Screening.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday- 5/2/2011.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of melanoma, a potentially fatal skin cancer, and to encourage early detection.  With early detection, melanoma has a high cure rate.  Participating clinics offer free screenings on that day and throughout the month.  Click the links below for more information.

Click to learn more about Skin Cancer Screenings.

Click to locate a FREE Screening in your area.

Click for Daily Tips from the AAD.

Click for Free Screenings from The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour

2.) Walk or Run to support Skin Cancer Research.

There are many walks/runs across the United States that raise money in support of skin cancer research, such as the Stay Out of the Sun Run in Rochester, MN.  Search locally for an event in your area, or create your own Miles for Melanoma event.

3.) Register to win Free School Sun Hats from Coolibar in May.

In May Coolibar is giving away free school sun hats to 5 winning classrooms across the United States.  Download the contest form to enter.  Contest deadline is May 13th.

4.) Kick off your summer with Don’t Fry Day.

The Friday before Memorial Day (5/27/2011) is deemed “Don’t Fry Day” by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.   The purpose is to remind everyone to protect your skin while enjoying the outdoors.

 Pledge to follow these simple steps to prevent and detect skin cancers all summer.

SunAWARE - Simple steps to prevent and detect skin cancers.
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  • J

    How do I clean the gloves, sleeves, and shawl? I’ve seen nothing with the products that I purchased. Also can we get 3 or 4 x tops and slacks etc.

  • aoberg

    Hello. There should be care tags sewn into the garments. If they are not included, the Sun Shawl is machine wash with like colors and tumble dry on low. The original Sun Sleeves are hand wash warm, air dry, but the new ZnO Sun Sleeves are hand wash cold, line dry. If you’re referring to our regular Full Finger Gloves, they’re machine wash cold, tumble dry low. Garment care instructions can be found on under the individual item pages as well.

  • aoberg

    We do have some tops in size 3X for women. We do not for men.

  • Cancer Research Donation

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  • Sara

    Squamous and basal cell carcinomas are collectively termed Nonmelanoma cancers to separate them from the last and most fatal type of skin cancer which is Melanoma. Melanoma cancer is already malignant at its onset and it spreads rapidly. 75% of rare skin cancer deaths are due to tumor in the melanocytes.

  • Cathy

    @Sara, your info is a bit inaccurate. Melanoma is not necessarily malignant if it is diagnosed as in situ or stage one radial growth phase. These two have no capacity to metastasize. It can progress to a malignant state eventually, but it can grow very slowly in some cases as well. Some in situs never progress. Just want to point that out since it is important for people to understand that early detection can result in a cure. I am happily in the early detection/cure group. That’s not to say that people should let these things go a long time, rather don’t be afraid to get it checked because you think it’s going g to be the worst possible outcome. Look for change, trust your gut, and insist that anything that you are worried about is completely biopsied. Melanoma is a serious cancer, but does not have to be fatal. Take control of your skin.

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