Skin Cancer Institute hosts 10th annual Living in Harmony with the Sun

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The UA Cancer Center’s Skin Cancer Institute is partnering with the world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum June 13 from 5-9 p.m. for the 10th annual Living in Harmony with the Sun—focused on teaching how desert animals and humans have adapted to the sun and learned to thrive in the desert environment.

The goal of Living in Harmony with the Sun is to help educate residents and visitors about the dangers of sun exposure and teach everyone how to enjoy Arizona’s approximately 350 days of sunshine each year without accumulating skin damage.

Living in Harmony with the Sun activities are designed to teach people how to prevent and detect skin cancer. Local dermatologists will conduct skin cancer screenings on a first-come basis. In addition, children who attend the event will have the opportunity to make UV bracelets, play “the sun fun” facts game, and take pictures in the photo booth with sun-safe gear and fun props.

All of the events are free with Desert Museum admission.

One of the Skin Cancer Institute’s core messages is the ACE – Avoid, Cover-Up, Examine – approach to maintaining healthy skin. Using sunscreen and wearing clothing that offers adequate protection should be a part of everyone's routine. The Skin Cancer Institute will provide sunscreen and sunscreen education to event attendees, and the Desert Museum also has sunscreen dispensers in its bathrooms for museum visitors to use year-round.

Visit the SCI's homepage for more information on ways you can stay sun safe throughout the year.

-June 4, 2015