Dermatology – Patient Education and Resources
Sun Protection Project
Our Sun Protection Project is an initiative started by Penn State Dermatology and the Community Advisory Board. The program strives to prevent skin cancer through projects such as the shade pavilions, shade trees, shade umbrellas, and shade clothing.
Penn State Dermatology at Hershey Community Pool
Our community health mission outfitted the lifeguards at the Hershey Community Pool with sun protective shirts.
Sun protective clothing prevents melanoma!
Penn State Dermatology at Hershey Gardens
Penn State Dermatology partnered with Hershey Gardens to help protect the community from the dangers of sunlight. We've donated fifty umbrellas for visitors to use, free-of-charge, during their visit to the Gardens. Their specialized fabric protects visitors from the sun’s harmful rays (UVA and UVB) while enjoying the picturesque scenery, entertaining games, and friendly company.
Skin Cancer and Aging
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are associated with 90 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancer and 65 percent of melanomas. A person’s risk for melanoma - the most serious form of skin cancer - doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. More than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma annually. In addition to skin cancer, up to 90 percent of visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun.
For more information, visit skincancer.org.
- Schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon. Seek the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense. Use your umbrella!
- Apply and reapply a full ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the body, including a nickel-sized dollop to the face.
- Cover-up with UV-blocking clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Why not have shade whenever you want it?
Get your own Sun Umbrella!
- UV protection
- Fifteen degrees cooler than in the sun
- Double-canopy design
- Water-repellent fabric
The umbrellas have specially treated fabric that protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, forming a virtually impenetrable barrier from the sun.
Contact our office at 717-531-6049 to see how you can purchase one of our sun umbrellas.