It’s estimated that roughly 1.8 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States annually. Some forms of cancer can be prevented! While what is known about cancer prevention is still evolving, it’s fairly well-accepted that our chances of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices we make.

So if you’re interested in preventing cancer for you and your family, take comfort in the fact that simple lifestyle changes can make a difference.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, with 1 in 5 Americans diagnosed annually. The good news is that it’s highly preventable. Sun damage is cumulative, so the sooner youth learn this life-saving information the better. In fact, preventing this common form of cancer happens to be one of John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s flagship programs.

Through our Block The Blaze program, we educate youth about the 5 Sun Safe Tips to decrease their risk of developing skin cancer while providing them with the tools to implement sun safety immediately. Along with prevention, youth learn the ABCDE’s of melanoma and are encouraged to go on Mole Patrol (self-screening) once a month.
Take a look at our 5 suns safe tips, helpful for all ages:

Apply Sunscreen.
Put on a hat.
Wear sunglasses.
Wear protective clothing.
Seek shade.

Education is key to prevention, and Block The Blaze is leading the charge for youth! If skin cancer is the diagnosis, John Wayne Cancer Foundation seeks to help with healing through research. JWCF provides grants to further research treatment.

In fact, Dr. Mark Faries, an JWCI Alumni Fellow, is a recent grant recipient for his proposal: Evaluation of Lymph Nodes as Immune Sentinels in Melanoma. “This support from the Foundation for our study on the earliest interactions between melanoma and the immune system will open new avenues for progress and treatment,” says Dr. Faries, “We’re extremely grateful for that support and the Foundation’s tireless efforts to support awareness, prevention and treatment of this difficult disease.”

No child or their parents should have to face skin cancer diagnosis. The good news is that donors like you are making a tangible difference in the lives of our youth and their families. Together we can help younger generations to block the blaze and protect themselves from skin cancer.