SHADE Foundation of America's programs support
our mission to educate and prevent skin cancer.
The SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest helps educate
children in Kindergarten through eighth grades about
sun safety. A recent study from the EPA shows that 2
hours of sun safety education reduces the incidence of
sunburn in children by 11 percent. The poster contest
gives educators an additional tool for creating sun safety
awareness. We have received over 100,000 posters from
children in 45 states and the District of Columbia
who have participated in the nationwide contest.
It is easy to participate and open to all students
in grades K-8. Learn more about our Poster
The SHADE Cover Program provides direct protection from
dangerous ultra violet (UV) radiation to schools and
community organizations. UV rays are the strongest from
10 am to 4 pm, right when we are sending our children
out to play. Just one blistering sunburn can double a
child's risk for skin cancer. It is crucial we give our
kids (and adults) a safe place to play. Studies conducted
here and abroad indicate shade covers are highly used
and effective as UV protection. SHADE Foundation has
provided 20 million hours of shade by providing assistance
to put up over 150 shade covers. Learn more about our SHADE
Limit the Sun, Not the Fun encourages sun safe lifestyles.
Whether it is spending those high UV hours of 10 am to
4 pm in a museum or bowling at your local alley, it is
important to engage in some activities out of the sun.
Additional resources at Limit
the Sun, Not the Fun!
Learning sun safe behaviors can begin at an early age.
Make applying sunscreen a daily habit by having your
children put on their sunscreen before they get dressed
every day. Make sure when your children play outdoors
they wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses to
protect delicate skin and eyes. Be a role model for your
children and take these same measures to protect yourself
every day! Most skin cancers are the result of cumulative
UV damage and over half of all new cancers diagnosed
are skin cancers.
We know the dangers of too much ultraviolet
radiation (UV) exposure. But not everyone does. Depending
on skin type it may only take a few minutes in the sun
to damage skin. Long thought of as a disease
that comes with age, skin cancer is a disease that effects
young and old. Melanoma, the most deadly form of
skin cancer is the most common form of cancer for young
adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form
of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years
programs are aimed to reach
a broad audience so that no matter what your age, you
will see how prevention and early detection pertains
to you. Our goal is
to make an impression on every single American. Visit
our specific awareness campaigns to learn