Save Your Skin Foundation is Creating a Healthier and More Sun Safe Canada During Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As May marks both Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the beginning of summer weather, it is imperative that communities across Canada be reminded of the importance of sun safety at this time of year. Save Your Skin Foundation (SYSF) is pleased to announce several initiatives meant to bring greater awareness to the dangerous disease.

Municipal Proclamations

Our Canada-wide awareness initiative invites Canadian municipalities to take a stance against skin cancer and educate their communities on sun safety through mayoral proclamations. Last year nearly 50 Canadian municipalities across 10 provinces answered our call to proclaim May ‘Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month’  – click below for more on the 2024 Proclamations!

Sunscreen Dispensers

Last summer, we installed free public sunscreen dispensers in nearly 20 locations across Canada as part of a pilot project to fight skin cancer by making sunscreen more accessible. This year, we have several more cities and organizations joining the effort!

Shining a Light on Sun Safety

Do you know a school in need of sun safety tips and resources? Does your local library want to host a sun-safety event this summer? Is there an upcoming outdoor event for kids that could use some sunscreen or other resources?

Simon Says you should send us a message to learn more about Sun Safety!


May 20th is #EyePatchDay, a day dedicated to bring awareness to the importance of regular eye examinations for the early detection of ocular melanoma and many other health issues. Share your Eye Patch photo on social media with the hashtags #EyePatchDay and #OcumelCanada and tag @saveyourskinfdn.

Take Action

Take action against skin cancer and melanomas by donating, helping us spread the word on social media, or getting involved in our community!

Our Partners

Sun Safety Awareness Resources
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Sun Safety Guide
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Skin Check Guide
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Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers focusing on education, prevention and the need for improved patient care.