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What Do You Know About Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is a disease linked to unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays are given off by the sun and by artificial sources like tanning beds and sun lamps.

It may feel good to soak up UV rays through unprotected exposure to the sun, or by using tanning beds and sun lamps, but these activities are harmful and can lead to skin cancer.

In Montana, around 250 people develop melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, every year.ˡ  Children and young adults are also affected by skin cancerˡ, so it’s important to be Sun A.W.A.R.E. to protect yourself and loved ones from this disease.    

People of all ages should be Sun A.W.A.R.E.         

A - AVOID unprotected exposure to sunlight, find shaded areas, and do not use tanning beds and sun lamps.

W - WEAR protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses.

A - APPLY sunscreen with a sunburn protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to yourself and your children.   

R - ROUTINELY check your body for changes to your skin, and talk to your doctor if you notice any changes.

E - EDUCATE others about being Sun A.W.A.R.E.

Kathy Myers
Section Supervisor
1400 E. Broadway
Helena, Montana 59260-2951
(406) 444-3385 

Page last updated: 05/15/2014