Sun50 Blog

Summer is almost here, and it’s SO easy to forget about the dangers of sun exposure. We totally get it. The sun feels so good, especially after that never-ending the-air-hurts-my-face, winter we had. But look, if you have had five or more sunburns, your melanoma risk doubles! True, you don’t immediately see wrinkles and fine lines after one day in the sun. It takes 10 to 20 years for long-term sun exposure to catch up with the surface of your skin.
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Valerie was diagnosed with melanoma at age 12. While childhood melanoma is rare, 300-400 cases in the United States annually, it is the most common skin cancer in pediatric patients. Because it is so rare, many childhood melanomas are found in the later stages when treatment becomes more involved. We are very thankful Valerie and her mother, Tami, shared their story to further our skin cancer awareness reach and shed light on the importance of skin checks for all ages.
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March and April were special months for Sun50 as we held our first ever design contest, inviting artists to join us in the fight against skin cancer.  Artists nationwide donated their creations for a chance to see their work come alive as our commemorative Skin Cancer Awareness Month 2021 sun bandana. The winning design will be produced and sold by Sun50 with 100% of the proceeds from the sales donated to the Claire Marie Foundation, dedicated to fighting against adolescent and young adult melanoma through awareness, education and prevention. 

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