- Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
- What is skin cancer?
- What is ultraviolet (UV) radiation?
- Are some people more likely to get skin damage from the sun?
- How do I protect myself from UV rays?
- What about tanning pills and other tanning products?
- Skin exams
- What should I look for on a skin self-exam?
- What if I find something suspicious on a skin exam?
- Additional resources
American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy statement – Ultraviolet radiation: A hazard to children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011;127:588-597.
American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2015.
El Ghissassi, Baan R, Straif K, et al. A review of human carcinogens--part D: Radiation. Lancet Oncol. 2009;10:751-752.
Food and Drug Administration. FDA Sheds Light on Sunscreens. 2013. Accessed at www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm258416.htm on December 30, 2014.
Food and Drug Administration. Sunless Tanners and Bronzers. 2014. Accessed at www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/products/ucm134064.htm on October 8, 2013.
Food and Drug Administration. Tanning Products. 2013. Accessed at www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/Tanning/ucm116434.htm on December 30, 2014.
Naylor MF, Rigel DS. Current concepts in sunscreens and usage. In: Rigel DS, Friedman RJ, Dzubow LM, Reintgen DS, Bystryn JC, Marks R, eds. Cancer of the Skin. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2005:71-83.
Last Medical Review: 03/19/2015
Last Revised: 03/20/2015