- 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
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website, www.cancer.org.
Melanoma Skin Cancer (also in Spanish)
Skin Cancer: Basal and Squamous Cell (also in Spanish)
Why You Should Know About Melanoma (also in Spanish)
A Parent’s Guide to Skin Protection (also in Spanish)
Sun Basics: Skin Protection Made Simple (brochure for children aged 8 to 14)
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
For information on melanoma, a skin cancer risk assessment, a locator for free skin cancer screenings, and a dermatologist locator
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Has free sun safety information and a UV Index app that you can check using your zip code
Melanoma Research Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-877-673-6460
For more on melanoma and chat rooms, patient stories, and bulletin boards – all to support and educate anyone affected by melanoma
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Offers accurate, up-to-date information about cancer to patients, their families, and the general public
Skin Cancer Foundation
Toll-free number: 1-800-754-6490 (1-800-SKIN-490)
Has pictures and descriptions of skin cancers, information and educational materials, and newsletters
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 03/19/2015
Last Revised: 03/20/2015