SunSmart America Facts

Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention
and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.

The Foundation’s vision is “to educate children throughout the country and give them
the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives.”
As the Foundation grows we will continue to advocate for school districts throughout
the country to require sun safety education as part of their curriculum.

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SunSmart America ™ Facts

Below are links to several skin cancer information sheets.
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Information Sheets

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Skin Cancer in the United States

Skin Cancer in the United States

The United States has the third highest rate of skin cancer in the world with almost one in five developing some form of skin cancer during their lives. More than 1 million cases of basal and squamous skin cancers and 68,720 cases of melanoma are expected in 2009. There are expected to be approximately 8,650 deaths from this disease. Read More…

Important Points to Remember

Important Points to Remember

Best treatment is PREVENTION!
Sunscreens are essential! Apply it correctly!!! 30 minutes before going out. Wear sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection. Always wear sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 or higher, and reapply every 2 to 3 hours. Protect your lips too. Clothing is great protection. Long sleeve shirts and pants. Wide brim hats to protect your face, ears & neck. Sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection. Avoid the sun during peak hours (10:00am – 4:00pm) Read More…

SunSmart America™ Rules

SunSmart America™ Rules

When the UV Index reaches 3 and above use these five SunSmart rules: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide. Read More…

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UV Radiation & UV Index

UV Radiation & UV Index

The sun gives us light in the form of visible radiation. It gives us warmth in the form of infrared radiation. It also gives us a third type of radiation that we can neither see nor feel: ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can seriously threaten our health. UV rays can cause cancer by damaging cell’s genetic material. The damage allows cells to form cancerous tumors. Read More…


The SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum and Resources help promote sun safety education, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.

SunSmart America™ Resources

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SunSmart America™ Training

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SunSmart America™ Schools

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Palm Beach County Teachers

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Contact the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

The Melanoma Foundation is one of the first organizations in the country that has been on the cutting edge of skin cancer preventive education and the only organization in Florida. After extensive review of health education literature, the Foundation selected the successful SunSmart curricula from Australia on which to base its many programs and adapt to local educational standards and environment. The Foundation utilizes SunSmart America™ for grades K-12.

Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
v: 561-655-9655 | f: 561-655-9650
2751 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2A, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

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