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In partnership with gloProfessional and the Melanoma Research Foundation, USA Field Hockey is raising awareness about the importance of Sun Safe Play! and the prevention of melanoma and skin cancer. 

Sun Safe Play! is a national awareness campaign developed in honor of the late Maria Whitehead, a former USA Field Hockey Junior National Team member, who lost her battle with melanoma at the age of 25. 

Athletes who practice and compete outdoors are regularly exposed to the sun and are at a higher risk for skin cancer. The Sun Safe Play! campaign not only raises awareness, but encourages sun safe habits and regular self-skin examinations for the early detection of skin cancer and melanoma. 

Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States worldwide. It is the leading cause of cancer amongst young women ages 25-29. It makes no difference if you are outside for a quick workout or an all day tournament, the best way to protect your skin from the dangerous effects of UV radiation is to make sun protection a part of your daily routine. 


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide. The best way to protect your skin from the dangerous, aging effects of UV radiation is to make sun protection a part of your daily routine. 


Protect yourself from UV radiation by practicing the following sun safe habits: 

  • If possible, avoid the sun during peak hours (generally 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher every day and reapply at least every two hours and after swimming and sweating. Do not forget to apply sunscreen to your lips, hands and feet. TIP: Look for non-comodengenic products with beneficial ingredients such as anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories to aid in the overall health of your skin. Try glotherapeutics Oil Free SPF 40 +
  • Wear protective clothing if you going to be exposed to a lot of fun or are particularly sun sensitive, including brimmed hats, long sleeved shorts/pants and sunglasses. 
  • Avoid tanning salons. 

By taking the above precautions you are protecting yourself from the sun and reducing your risk of skin cancer, while creating dramatically younger looking skin.


It takes only one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to more than double a person's chance of developing melanoma later in life. Paying attention to your skin with regular self-skin exams is important for the early detection of skin cancer and melanoma. Carefully examine your skin once a month for any new or changing moles and lesions. When performing a self-skin exam, don't forget to inspect your scalp, ears, hands, nails and feet. 

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun: 

  • Cover up with clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses
  • Seek shade. Avoid excessive sun exposure especially between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. 
  • UV radiation can pass through windows on a sunny or hazy day. Make applying sunscreen a part of your daily routine.
  • Apply sunscreen with a sun-protective factor (SPF) of 30 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection. Reapply every two hours, even if it's cloudy, and after swimming or sweating. Try glotherapeutics Water Resistant Facial SPF 45.
  • Examine your skin often and take note of any changing or new moles.

Avoid tanning beds. Exposure to tanning beds before age 30 increases a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75%.