Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and is also one of the most preventable. The relationship between the sun and your skin can be a dangerous one, but all it takes is a smart sun exposure strategy combining sunscreen, shade, and protective clothing to greatly reduce your chances of developing this deadly disease. Remember - "Red is not your color!"
Red Is Not Your Color
This video will give you some great tips on how to protect yourself when you venture into the great outdoors.
Radio Public Service Announcements
The following radio spots were produced by the Alabama Public Health Training Network (ALPHTN) and feature State Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson. To save the MP3 files, right-click the link to the file you want to download and choose the "Save Link As" or "Save Target As" option.
This site is your complete source of information on the cause, prevention, and treatment of skin cancer. If you are a healthcare provider, agency, or organization that offers skin cancer services or promotes healthy skin in the state, contact us and let us know about your efforts and events in Alabama.
Frequently Asked Questions and Prevention
Tools and Resources
There is a wealth of information available online regarding skin cancer, its prevention, and treatment. These links are particularly helpful.
- American Academy of Dermatology
The largest dermatology group in the United States
- Aim at Melanoma
The latest research and treatment news concerning melanoma
- EPA Sun Safety
Features links and information on sun safety - UV Index and sun protection
- National Cancer Institute: Skin Cancer
Features links and information on everything ranging from prevention tips to the latest developments in treatment
- Play Safe in the Sun
Women's Demartologic Society community outreach service
- Play It Safe in the Sun: A Guide for Parents
Centers for Disease Control guide to protecting children from the sun
- The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal 2010
Online edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation's magazine
- The Sunsational Guide To Smart Sun Safety: Fun in the Sun 101
Cancer Foundation interactive website geared towards kids in sixth to eighth grade
- University of Alabama Birmingham Dermatology Clinic
Skin cancer information from the UAB Health System
Page last updated: October 26, 2017