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PYSThe Skin Cancer Institute unites The University of Arizona Cancer Center’s many skin cancer prevention activities, bringing together innovative research, clinical care, education, and community outreach.

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How the program began

In 2006, a partnership began between the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) to offer more sun protection to the museum’s visitors. Permanent signage and sunscreen dispensers were placed in the museum bathrooms for visitors to use. The response was overwhelmingly positive!

In 2011, the SCI was awarded a Community Connections grant to fund permanent educational signage and install sunscreen dispensers in the bathrooms of many of the major outdoor attractions in Tucson, including:

  • Reid Park Zoo
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Tohono Chul Park
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens
  • Biosphere 2

The total attendance for these major outdoor attractions in Tucson is close to 1.5 million visitors each year. Many of these visitors are from other states or countries and are not prepared for the severe desert climate.

Our goal

Our long-term goals for the Protect Your Skin Program include:

  • Provide sunscreen dispensers to participating sites.
  • Offer appropriate permanent sun safety signage at each site.
  • Permanently incorporate sun safety programming and increase sun safety messaging into participating businesses.

Our Partners

  • Vail School District
  • Fremont Junior High
  • Casa Ninos School of Montessori
  • Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotions
  • Arizona Health Sciences Center on Aging
  • ENACTUS Club
  • INSYS Therapeutics, Inc
  • Baby Banz
  • Yuma Agricultural Center
  • Rincon Air Conditioning & Heating Co.
  • UA Expo of Excellence
  • Keller Williams Southern Arizona
  • J.E.V. Roofing Company, Inc.
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute (Utah)
  • Student Health Advisory Council (U of A)
  • Desert Sky Middle School
  • Med-Trans Corporation
  • Reid Park Zoo
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Tohono Chul Park
  • Town of Cave Creek
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens
  • Biosphere 2
  • Bill’ Home Service Company
  • Goodman’s Interior Structures
  • Kiwanis
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Primavera Men’s Shelter
  • Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Gridley Middle School
  • Oro Valley Police Department


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