Your Skin is In
Your Skin Is In is an award-winning program encouraging students (middle, high school, and college) to care for their skin and to love the skin they’re in year-round.

Facts

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Tanning beds expose users to harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer.

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Having more than 5 sunburns doubles your chance of a malignant melanoma.

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Ages 15-29

Melanoma is the second highest cancer for 15-29-year-olds.

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Approximately one person dies of melanoma in the US every hour.

Educators

Bring Your Skin Is In into your classroom to educate students on the importance of being sun safe 365 with best practices to care for their skin, their body’s largest organ.

Whether a science or health teacher or the school nurse, Your Skin Is In offers the opportunity to change habits, increase understanding of the sun’s harmful UV rays, and encourage students not to use dangerous tanning beds.

This brief 45-minute lesson can save lives.

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An Overview of Your Skin Is In Curriculum

Your Skin is In
  • An easy to learn, engaging eLearning lesson accompanied by a teacher’s guide and answer key.
  • Only 45 minutes.
  • Can be incorporated into a class lesson or assigned as homework
  • A trivia game that keeps score and provides answers to keep things fun
  • Interactive video scenarios
  • Photos that show what UV damage looks like on your skin
  • The opportunity to request a melanoma survivor to talk bringing impactful, real-life experiences of how a life is affected by the disease
  • Plus, request a Your Skin Is In Goodie Box; use the items as prizes during the trivia game for students who are inspired to spread the word! Request a box here.

I have had many speakers from IMPACT Melanoma’s Survivor’s Bureau talk to my anatomy students throughout the years when we learn about the skin. All the speakers have been excellent and offer a powerful perspective that engages high school students. My students leave with an understanding of melanoma and the risks of sun exposure and a promise to wear more sunscreen and see a dermatologist!

Rebecca Mahoney

Biology and Human Anatomy & Physiology, Concord-Carlisle High School

Students

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with skin cancer or its most deadly form, melanoma?

Are you interested in health, medical, or skin care and want to make an impact?

IMPACT Melanoma developed the Your Skin Is In to reach middle school, high school, and college students to increase awareness of the importance of being sun safe and to save lives.

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As a red head with fair skin, I always knew my risk of getting melanoma was higher than most. I wanted to learn more so I signed up to be a Your Skin Is In Ambassador. After taking the eLearning course, I learned that melanoma can affect anyone of any age and any skin type, even if you don’t burn. Now I’m sharing the facts with my friends, who never realized the sun was such a danger and often spend hours unprotected in the sun.

Ryan Richard

Student, Purdue University

How you can get involved and make an IMPACT:

Become an Ambassador

As an ambassador, you help raise awareness, promote skin care best practices, and promote early detection.

You can write about this as part of a college application and can highlight it in your resume!

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Steps to be a Your Skin Is In Ambassador:

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Take the Your Skin Is In course to be certified.

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Complete the Ambassador Form

You will then have access to download a toolkit to use at your school.

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Request a Goodie Box

The box includes a variety of materials to use at your school to increase awareness of being sun safe 365. Items include T-shirts, posters, SPF 15 lip balm, UV bracelets and more!

Your Skin Is In Ambassador

By being a Your Skin Is In ambassador, I represent the need for everyone to protect their skin from harmful UV rays and to be aware of the various signs of changes to their skin. This program is creating a cultural change to care about the health of each individual's skin instead of just desiring a certain complexion.

Calista P

Student, University of North Florida

Skin Smart Campus
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College students who are Your Skin Is In Ambassadors, have an additional opportunity to make a difference on your campus and further build your resume!

IMPACT Melanoma has partnered with The Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus Initiative which encourages US universities and colleges to promote skin cancer prevention policies and education on campus.

By participating in the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus initiative, your college/university will be named a “Tan-Free” campus by prohibiting indoor tanning devices on campus and in affiliated buildings, as well as by promoting skin cancer prevention education. By making your campus a Skin Smart Campus, you are helping to protect your fellow students against the dangers of tanning beds.

We are here to provide support for you along the way and when speaking with your school’s administrators about this initiative.

Videos to Watch and Share

Help us raise awareness, promote proper skin care and save lives. Watch and share these videos with your friends and family.

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Know What to Say to a Friend or Peer

Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to communicate with a peer when you are faced with something you don’t want to do – or when you are trying to influence your peers in a positive way.

Here are a few tips to help you communicate your sun-safe knowledge to your friends.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
Offering some concrete facts strengthens your position and helps you feel more confident in what you are saying. For example, a friend who tells you they don’t worry about the sun because they tan easily might be interested to know that both burns and tans can cause skin cancer.

THINK OF AN ALTERNATIVE
Figure out what your friend’s goal is – do they want to look good for the prom? Or do they not care about looking tan, but want to spend the day on the beach? Offer suggestions such as going to the mall to check out buying a self-tanner product or buying a sun umbrella to take along to the beach.

OFFER YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
A personal story often has the most impact and is memorable.

“I played a trivia game in health class, and we watched a video of melanoma survivors telling their stories. It was amazing how young some of the survivors were. Since then, I’ve started using sunscreen.”

“My grandmother had melanoma, so I definitely want to do whatever I can to protect my skin.” 

USE HUMOR
Joke around about not wanting wrinkles – it might help get your point across in a lighthearted way.

SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
You might not be able to convince someone right away, but if you are always applying sunscreen before soccer practice, eventually they might ask you about it and ask to use some.

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