UAW and American Cancer Society Mission: May 2023

May 2023 American Cancer Society mission topical information for review and hopeful use: Skin Cancer Awareness Month & National Cancer Research Month.  As always, we greatly appreciate UAW’s possible support and look forward to connecting in the near future.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As the sun shines warmer each May, the American Cancer Society stresses the importance of preventing, detecting, and treating skin cancer. It is the most diagnosed cancer in the U.S., with more than 5 million diagnoses each year. While about 80% of these are basal and squamous cell cancers, in 2023, there will be an estimated 97,610 new cases of melanoma in the United States. Nearly all skin cancers can be treated effectively if they are found early.

 One of the biggest keys to preventing skin cancer is reducing exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Stay in the shade, cover your skin, wear a hat, wear sunglasses, use and re-apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF, and avoid indoor tanning devices. Beyond taking steps to prevent skin cancer, it is also important to know and advocate for your skin’s health.

 Check your skin regularly and see a doctor if you notice any changes. The ABCDE rule is an easy guide to the signs of melanoma. Visit to learn more about how you can LEARN MORE, STAY PROTECTED, AND DETECT SKIN CANCER EARLY plus download resources:   Mission Moment - Skin Cancer Awareness.

 National Cancer Research Month

Discovery is an important piece of our American Cancer Society, and we continue to invest in cutting-edge research to advance our goal of ending cancer as we know it, for everyone. Each May, ACS joins cancer centers, institutions, and scientists across the country in recognizing the lifesaving work being done to change the trajectory of the more than 200 diseases that we call cancer.

 Currently, the American Cancer Society has over $435 million invested in more than 600 investigators nationwide.  Groundbreaking discovery efforts are happening, and we celebrate the work occurring every day. For example, the Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures report, and its accompanying scientific paper – a resource to strengthen cancer prevention and early detection efforts at the local, state, and federal level – was published last week. In this report, ACS researchers discovered both favorable and unfavorable changes in major cancer risk factors, preventive behaviors and services, and screenings in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more!

 Review research dollars in your state:  Mission Moment - Research