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Did you know that May is skin cancer awareness month? Kick it off by learning more about melanoma rates in your state with this interactive map from the National Cancer Institute and the CDC:

Indoor tanning is harmful and can lead to skin cancers like melanoma. It’s particularly dangerous for minors and young adults. Get more facts about indoor tanning from the CDC:

What can you do to reduce your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma? Avoid indoor tanning, use sunscreen, and stay in the shade during midday hours:

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is commonly caused by UV exposure, but many people still don’t use sunscreen regularly. Protect all the skin you’re in with these tips from the CDC:

Do you know the ABCDE’s of melanoma? This handy guide from the CDC reminds you to regularly check for changes in your skin and what to look for when you check:

Did you know today is “Don’t Fry Day!”? Join the Melanoma Research Foundation and members of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to raise awareness and help reduce the rates of skin cancer, including melanoma:

What can schools and colleges do to prevent melanoma and protect kids from UV damage? Start talks about sun safety at an early age and teach students to avoid indoor tanning. More tips:

In 2018, 83,996 new cases of melanomas of the skin were reported in the United States, Wyoming residents were 186 of those cases. Visit for more information.

All Wyoming State Parks now offer free sunscreen in partnership with the Wyoming Cancer Program. Protect yourself against skin cancer and apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Click here to learn more about the Wyoming Cancer Program’s partnership with the Wyoming State Parks.

Communities from across the country are finding  innovative ways to reduce the burden of skin cancer and melanoma. Explore their stories and learn more:

Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from  the sun’s harmful UV rays whenever they are outdoors. #SunSafeSelfie  Learn more:

Did you know you can protect your family and yourself from skin cancers like melanoma? Start with these tips  from CDC to stay sun safe outdoors: #SunSafeSelfie

The first step toward a world without skin cancer is educating others about prevention and early detection. The American Academy of Dermatology has resources to help you spread the word:

Exercising and spending time outdoors have physical and mental health benefits. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat when you’re getting your sweat on with Mother Nature! #MelanomaAwareness #SunSafeSelfie More tips here:

Outdoor workers are exposed to harmful rays of the sun all day long. Engage with partners to include workers in sun safety initiatives.

Looking for evidence-based interventions to prevent melanoma and other skin cancers in your community? community? The Community Guide is a great place to start:

One in three people who tan indoors started before age 18, and over half started tanning before age 21. Parents and friends can influence teens’ decisions about indoor tanning. Learn more:

What can schools and colleges do to prevent melanoma and protect students from UV damage? This CDC  resource has some practical tips:

Did you know that indoor tanning not only costs you money but costs US health care millions each year? Save money for yourself and our healthcare by quitting indoor tanning. Learn more facts about indoor tanning from the American Academy of Dermatology:



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Most of us like to be out soaking up the sun. That’s why sunscreen and other safety measures are key to protecting your skin. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and look for broad spectrum on the label, which means both harmful ultraviolet A and B rays are blocked. And make sure to avoid the use of indoor tanning beds. Don’t let the sun stop you from having fun outside this summer. Put sunscreen on and protect your skin. For more information, visit This message brought to you by the Wyoming Department of Health


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