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 Smart™ program, a public service partnership to raise awareness about the importance of sun safety and skin cancer prevention. In addition to promoting the sun safety message, the program provides skin cancer screenings for all 30 MLB clubs – players, on-field and off-field personnel. The Play Sun Smart™ program launches the first weekend in June every year with MLB clubs; however it is a year-round initiative.
"As a melanoma survivor, this cause is especially close to me, and I am proud that we continue to work with the American Academy of Dermatology to educate as many people as possible about skin cancer prevention and detection."
– MLB commissioner, Bud Selig
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 Smart™ program is committed to decreasing these odds among those who share America’s favorite pastime.