Not So Sun Smart

A new national survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that Chicago is one of the least sun-smart cities in the country – Chicagoans don’t know much about how to prevent and detect skin cancer.  That’s about to change, though.  Susan Steel, founder of Skin of Steel, aims to make first her hometown, Glenview, and then all of Chicago sun safe.   Skin of Steel is organizing a series of outreach activities this month to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and seeking funding to launch a comprehensive melanoma research and treatment center in Chicago headed by Dr. Howard Kaufman at Rush.  Read more about Skin of Steel’s plans at

3 thoughts on “Not So Sun Smart

  1. Thanks for the shout out Rush! We now have a great Skin of Steel Shade & Education Tent that is touring Metro Chicago this spring and summer. Information is available on skin cancer prevention as well as early detection. We also offer mole maps, skin exam techniques, postings of free skin clinics, educational materials for families, teachers, coaches, park supervisors, and administrators. SOS would be happy to collaborate with Corporate Wellness Departments as well. All of our efforts are aimed at raising awareness and developing comprehensive Melanoma Treatment and Research for the Mid West.

  2. So great to see this! As a Board member of Skin of Steel, I are very excited about opportunities to raise awareness as we move into heavy sun season in Chicago. We’re also thrilled to have Dr. Kaufman in Chicago with all that he brings to marshalling our best resources in the field of melanoma research and treatment.

  3. How inspiring to see a grassroots effort to address a health issue that is catching the general population by surprise. At last we see the chance for more effective drugs and the chance of control and eventually a cure but the funding is sorely needed.

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