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Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention

Protect the skin you’re in

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, estimated to surpass all other cancers combined. It will affect one in five Americans, despite the fact that most cases are preventable. The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to UV radiation from the sun or indoor tanning devices. Genetic factors, such as being fair-skinned or having a family history of skin cancer can contribute to a person’s risk. Death rates from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are unfortunately higher in Nevada than nationally; therefore, it is critical that action is taken to reduce the burden of this disease.

We can help protect our skin from cancer by avoiding prolonged exposure to UV radiation. Learn how to protect skin from the main sources of UV radiation: the sun and tanning beds.


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Follow the 5 S's to reduce your risk for skin cancer

  • Slip on sun protective clothing.

  • Slop on broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen.

  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat.

  • Seek shade or shelter, especially from 10a.m.- 4p.m.

  • Slide on UV protective sunglasses.


Learn more about NCC's skin cancer prevention program, Sun Smart Nevada, here.

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