Mediaplanet: Has skin always been a priority for you? Why?

Lea Michele: Skin care has always been a priority to me. I’ve learned that taking care of my skin and protecting it against sun damage is as much a priority as taking a daily vitamin.

MP: What is one way people can get involved in raising awareness for melanoma prevention and research?

LM: People can get involved and help raise awareness of melanoma by going to to join the Thunderclap, a global social movement that will amplify a collective message around the world through social media in support of melanoma prevention and research.

MP: How do you protect yourself against sun damage? How do you protect yourself against melanoma and other skin cancers?

LM: I protect myself against sun damage, melanoma and other skin cancers by wearing sunscreen every day.

MP: What are your goals of this major melanoma awareness campaign you’re participating in?

LM: My goal is to help raise awareness of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and one the most commonly diagnosed cancer among adolescents and young adults. I encourage women of all skin tones to prevent melanoma by using sunscreen every day and to help save lives by supporting cutting-edge melanoma research for a cure.

MP: What’s one piece of advice you would give to millions of people about melanoma prevention?

LM: Wear sunscreen daily, it’s the most important part of your daily routine.