May Is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month


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According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, with the incidences of skin cancer outnumbering all cases of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers combined.

Of the three most common types of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma—melanoma causes the vast majority of deaths from skin cancer.  Individuals most at risk for skin cancer include those with blonde or red hair, individuals who possess lighter skin naturally, and those with a family history of melanoma or other skin cancers.

Tips to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Avoid peak hours. Avoid being in the sun during the peak hours between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM when ultraviolet rays are at their strongest.

Use sunscreen. Wear a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a 15 SPF or higher every day.

Cover up. Cover up exposed areas of skin by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing to cover arms and legs.

Avoid indoor tanning. Tanning beds, tanning booths, or sunlamps should be avoided. ■



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