Melanoma Awareness Month, Practicing Sun Safety with Coolibar’s Brand Ambassadors

Melanoma Awareness Month, Practicing Sun Safety with Coolibar’s Brand Ambassadors

Brittany Groover's Story

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness about melanoma. As part of our mission to keep the world safe from sun damage, support and help protect those who suffer from sun-related medical conditions, and a continued commitment to innovation in UPF 50+ fabric technology to enhance safety and prevention for everyone, we are spotlighting a friend of Coolibar and melanoma survivor and advocate Brittany Groover, to help bring awareness to everyone about the importance of sun safety.

Brittany shares, "I am stage 3A melanoma. Diagnosed at 27 in 2021. I was a frequent tanner, laid in tanning beds, by the pool, sunscreen was my enemy because it prevented my ability to get tan. My cancer went undetected for so long because of the pandemic. I missed one skin check in 2020 due to the quarantine and the mole on my leg was clearly growing. I was watching it grow. But I was not educated on what melanoma was. So even though it was the size of a nickel, and it was dry, patchy, and flaky, cancer never once crossed my mind. As someone who’s always loved clothing and fashion, I’ve become a big fan of UPF clothing and sunscreen. Coolibar has managed to blend style and sun protection seamlessly. Their clothing designs are trendy and versatile, suitable for all ages. As a 30-year-old, I’m especially drawn to their patterns, colors, and fabrics. Gone are the days when UPF clothing was considered uncool. Now, Coolibar’s pieces effortlessly integrate into anyone’s wardrobe while providing essential UPF50+ sun protection. It’s fashion-forward and skin-safe!"

Melanoma Awareness Month Sun Safety Tips

Here are some tips from @my_melanoma_world, another Melanoma survivor, advocate and friend of Coolibar for preventing skin cancer:

  • Wear a Wide Brim Hat or Visor: Protect your face, scalp, ears, and neck.
  • Wear Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from UV rays.
  • Stay Shady: Whenever possible, especially during peak sun hours (10 am-4 pm).
  • Avoid Tanning Beds and Sunbathing: These increase your risk of skin cancer.
  • Regular Skin Checks: At home and with a dermatologist.
  • Document Changes: Take photos of any spots that may be changing and discuss them with your dermatologist.
  • Use Technology: Utilize Alexa for step-by-step skin checks and monthly reminders.
  • Protect Children: Use children hats and UPF clothing.
  • Be Cautious Near Reflective Surfaces: Water, sand, and snow can increase UV exposure.
  • Keep Sun Protection Handy: Sun wraps, UPF protective blankets, or bandanas in your car or bag for covering up while driving.