Hats On For Skin Health is a global campaign to spotlight the deadly effects that sun rays can have on the sensitive skin of albinos. Through a worldwide effort, the program aims to raise funds to purchase sun hats for albinos living in Tanzania, which has the one of the highest rates of albinism in the world.
The Importance of Education
Presently, tens of thousands of albinos live in Tanzania, and unless something is done to protect their skin from the sun’s rays, the majority of them will develop skin cancers at an early age, and many won’t see their 40th birthday. That’s because:
- Prolonged sun exposure threatens the lives of tens of thousands of albinos living in East Africa, but few understand the sun’s damaging, if not deadly, effects
- Rates of skin cancer among albinos in the countryside are much higher
Many factors play a role in skin cancer prevention, including education about sun avoidance, sun blocks, and shade provided by protective clothing.
Hats On For Skin Health is a collaboration between Stiefel, a GSK company, and the International League of Dermatological Societies.