The Seattle Mariners are joining Major League Baseball's annual effort to promote sun safety through the Play Sun Smart initiative, which has officially launched throughout the league. During the campaign, players, coaches and staff from all 30 Clubs and the Commissioner's Office will serve as role models for fans by participating in skin cancer screenings and practicing sun-safe behaviors throughout the season.
During the month of May, Mariners players will undergo skin cancer screening examinations and fans are urged to practice safe sun behaviors and to find a free skin cancer screening in their area by visiting the American Academy of Dermatology's website at PlaySunSmart.org.
In addition, USA Baseball, the National Governing Body for the sport of baseball in the United States, created an educational course about skin cancer awareness and sun safety in support of Play Sun Smart. The course is hosted by Darrell S. Rigel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and consultant for the New York Yankees. The free course is available to coaches, players, parents, and fans nationwide through USABaseball.Education. Additionally, USA Baseball will work in partnership with its national member organizations to provide promotional information throughout the amateur baseball community. USA Baseball joined the Play Sun Smart initiative in 2015.
Play Sun Smart is a joint effort by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the American Academy of Dermatology, with the goal of promoting sun safety, raising awareness of skin cancer and offering prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Since 1999, Academy dermatologists have conducted nearly 39,000 skin cancer screenings through the Play Sun Smart program. More than 1,300 suspicious lesions, including 168 suspected melanomas, have been detected through the Play Sun Smart Club and Commissioner's Office screenings.
Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, so fans are encouraged to regularly look over their entire body, including hard-to-see areas, for suspicious spots. If you notice any irregular spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. To learn more about sun safety and the Play Sun Smart program, please visit MLBCommunity.org.
The Play Sun Smart program is one of several cancer-related initiatives supported by Major League Baseball and the Players. Other initiatives include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), whose mission is to support groundbreaking scientific research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients quickly; the Mother's Day Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative, which is a program to help increase awareness of breast cancer and raise money towards the search for a cure; the Prostate Cancer Foundation's Home Run Challenge, which helps increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money for the search for a cure as part of the MLB Father's Day celebration. To learn more about sun safety and the Play Sun Smart program, please visit MLBCommunity.org.