Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Skin Cancer awareness month is an awareness campaign that takes place annually each May. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and educate the public about the ways to help prevent skin cancer.
UV exposure from the sun is one of the main causes of skin cancer and also one of the most preventable. This campaign hopes to reduce instances of skin cancer and increase the likelihood of early detection through education.
During the month, people who have been affected by skin cancer are encouraged to get involved by sharing their stories on all forms of social media using the hashtag #MySkinCancerJourney, and everyone is invited to share information about sun safety, skin cancer prevention and early detection with friends and family. Special awareness classes will also be available in many schools, and there will be an increase in stories around this theme in the media.
A range of fundraising events takes place throughout the month with proceeds going to fund education and research into new treatments. Participants can join in with activities such as cycles, treks and races for this good cause.
More information about Skin Cancer Awareness Month, along with fact sheets on detection and prevention can be found at www.skincancer.org