Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
DNC (2019)

52.2 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

57.2 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 reported sunburn in the past 12 months in 2017

Reduce the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who report sunburn

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States — but most cases of skin cancer are preventable. Sunburn, especially early in life, can increase the risk of skin cancer. Community-wide programs and educational, environmental, and policy interventions can help increase behaviors that prevent sunburn in 9th- through 12th-graders.

Workgroup: Cancer Workgroup