Skin Cancer Prevention 101

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! With the start of summer around the corner, we want to share some tips to make sure you stay protected while enjoying the sun.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US. Exposure to UV radiation from the sun, tanning booths, and sunlamps increases your risk of skin cancer.

There are a few different types of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types, but rarely cause serious problems. Melanoma is the most worrisome type of skin cancer, but if it is identified and treated early, it is usually curable.

The good news is that there is a lot you can do to prevent skin cancer. Here are 6 helpful tips to keep you safe in the sun:

  1. Wear sunblock or sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with SPF 15 or greater. Apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every two hours or if you are swimming or sweating.
  2. Wear a hat with a brim and long sleeves.
  3. Avoid the sun during the middle of the day (10am – 4pm).
  4. Do not use tanning beds or sunlamps.
  5. Keep children younger than 6 months out of the sun. Children younger than 6 months old should not wear sunscreen because their skin is very sensitive to the chemicals in sunscreen.
  6. Check your and your loved one’s skin for any concerning moles or growths at least once a month.

Identifying skin cancer early is very important. The earlier it is identified, the easier it is to cure. Contact your physician if you see any concerning moles or growths on your skin.

Click here to learn more about skin cancer prevention and access helpful resources from The Skin Cancer Foundation.

CareZone Tip: Keep track of any concerning moles or growths in the Journal and discuss with your doctor at your next appointment. Learn more about the Journal >>

Posted May 17, 2017 by Erin Knobler