Ending Skin Cancer. One Child at a Time.

I'm a dermatologist and a mom who has seen a lot of skin cancer and aging skin in my practice, so it's only natural to want my own kids and others to think of wearing sun protection as the norm and sun protective shirts and sunscreen as "cool."
PSPF Founder
As a mom and a pediatrician, my life is dedicated to trying to instill good habits in children, whether my own or my patients. Studies show sun protection is most important before the age of 18, so it's vital that a child's skin is adequately protected from day one.
PSPF Board Member
My wife is an oncology nurse, and we are parents of two young children. I was shocked to learn that many skin cancers found later in life are due to childhood sun exposure and how easy it would be to prevent this with adequate sun protection.
PSPF Board Member
My husband died in February 2012—less than 6 years after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma, which spread to his lymph nodes and led to massive tumors throughout his body. It is in his honor that I have joined the cause to get people to protect their skin.
PSPF Board Member
My father, a retired pilot, has had melanoma for many years and undergoes hours of treatment every 6 weeks to help prevent new cells from forming. We feel it's critical that others know how important sun protection is whenever and wherever you're outside.
At the age of 26, I was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer on my forehead and dysplasia in two of my moles. While none of these diagnoses carry a “malignant” or “melanoma” status—nor are they death sentences, this truly was a wake-up call for me.

youth-melanoma-on-the-riseYouth Melanoma on the Rise

Sun damage is cumulative. From infancy, the amount of time your child spends unprotected from damaging UV rays can seriously impact his or her risk of developing skin cancer, especially melanoma, sometime in life.

Melanoma is now the most common form of cancer among 25-29 years old and the second most common for 15-29 year olds. Mainly due to high-risk behaviors, like the use of tanning beds, cases of melanoma are increasing faster among 15-29 year old females than males.

Sources: American Melanoma Foundation; National Cancer Institute; Skin Cancer Foundation

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Why is Sun Safety So Important?

About one American Dies from Melanoma Every Hour. (American Cancer Society)
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Summer 2014
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