Be Safe in the Sun

In this section you can learn about some of the damaging effects that too much sun exposure can have on the skin. You'll also find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.

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Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Learn more about the link between the sun's rays and cancer, what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones, and how to spot skin changes that may require a doctor's attention.

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Skin Cancer Image Gallery

The images in this gallery will show you some examples of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, as well as some benign skin conditions. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any spot or sore on your skin that is new or changing, even if it doesn’t look like one of these images.

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Sun Safety Quiz

Sun safety is not just for vacation. Are you sun-safe every day? Take the American Cancer Society's quiz and find out.

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ACS Skin Cancer Prevention Activities

The American Cancer Society engages in a number of activities to encourage people to take the steps that can help lower their risk of developing skin cancer. Learn more about initiatives including Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap, Don't Fry Day, and our research here.

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