- Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
- What is skin cancer?
- What is ultraviolet (UV) radiation?
- Are some people more likely to get sun damage?
- How do I protect myself from UV rays?
- What about tanning pills and other tanning products?
- Skin exams
- What should I look for?
- What if I find something suspicious?
- 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 2013. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2013.
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. Sunless Tanners and Bronzers. 2006. Accessed at www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm134064.htm on July 9, 2012.
Food and Drug Administration. Tanning Products. 2010. Accessed at www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/Tanning/ucm116434.htm on July 9, 2012.
Levy SB. Sunscreens and Photoprotection. eMedicine. 2012. Accessed at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1119992-overview on July 9, 2012.
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: 09/20/2012
Last Revised: 01/25/2013