May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Why is that so important? Because skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US! While it is important to take care of our skin year round, spring and summer are pushing their way in, which means it's time to put an extra emphasis on prevention tactics!
Check out these tips on how YOU can help prevent skin cancer:
Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Don’t get sunburned.
Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
What increases your risk that you cannot control?
Suppressed immune system
Numerous moles or abnormal moles
On a regular basis, you should be examining your body for any abnormal spots or growths; however, how do you know what is abnormal and should be of concerns?
Additionally, the American Cancer Society also has a good list of what to look for! You can check it out here: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection/what-to-look-for.html
If you are ever concerned about a spot you find on your body, reach out to your provider or dermatologist and ask! Early detection is key!
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