July 30, 2015
Author: Steven Greene, MD
Since 1999, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) have partnered on the Play Sun Smartâ¢ program, a public service partnership to raise skin cancer awareness while encouraging baseball fans to conduct skin self-exams and practice sun-safe behaviors.
Each year, chances are good that skin cancer will affect members of the baseball community, whether directly or indirectly through a family member or friend. In addition, with incident rates of skin cancer on the rise, the need to educate the public about the importance of sun safety has never been greater. Whether cheering from the stands or preparing to swing the bat, it is vital to know the facts and take protective measures. By educating baseball players and fans about this serious health threat, the Play Sun Smartâ¢ program is committed to decreasing these odds among those who share Americaâs favorite pastime.
The 2013 Play Sun Smartâ¢ initiative launched throughout the league on Sunday, June 2nd. Clubs will help spread the message about skin cancer awareness and detection in a variety of ways, including first pitches and on-field ceremonies for special guests affected by skin cancer, young fans delivering sunscreen to dugouts, and the launch of a new, league-wide scoreboard race to educate fans about playing safe in the sun. Additionally, MLB players, coaches, and staff from the clubs will serve as role models for fans by participating in skin cancer screenings and practicing sun-safe behaviors throughout the season.
Get the most recent Play Sun Smartâ¢ program statistics, history, and highlights.