Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Protecting yourself from melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, means ensuring you and your family are protected while in the sun. People of all skin colors are at risk for this damage. You can reduce your risk by following these tips:
- Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are most intense.
- Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun, such as long-sleeve shirts or pants, sunglasses and broad-brim hats.
- Find shade whenever possible.
- Use broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 30 or higher.
Emory Healthcare's Winship Cancer Institute wants you to practice sun safety this summer and throughout the year. That's why we're offering a free "Sun Safety Kit," which includes a Braves hat and sunscreen.
Simply fill out the form on this page and we'll mail your Sun Safety Kit. The delivery will be sent to you via USPS First Class Mail, within four weeks. Offer good while supplies last.
Risk Factors for Harmful Effects of the Sun's UV Rays
People of all skin colors are potentially at risk for sunburn and other harmful effects of UV radiation, so always protect yourself. Be especially careful if you have:
- Blond, red or light brown hair
- Been treated for skin cancer
- Skin that burns in the sun
- Several moles on your skin, which could increase your risk for melanoma
- A family member who has had skin cancer
Treatment for Melanoma at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
The Melanoma Clinic at Winship Cancer Institute offers patients a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.
If you have been diagnosed with melanoma, we are ready to help.
Winship Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Georgia. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers. Our melanoma team treats patients with squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and even rarer forms of melanoma, such as mucosal melanoma and ocular melanoma.
Call 404-778-0680 to request an appointment with a skin cancer specialist. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion. Visit Winship Cancer Institute's Melanoma Program page for more information.