Skin Cancer Prevention
February is National Cancer Prevention Awareness Month. We’re going to focus on one of the most common types of cancer, which is skin cancer. We’re going to walk through facts and prevention to help you and your loved ones live healthier lives.
Skin Cancer Facts
- Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.
- It is also one of the most preventable types of cancer.
- Types of skin cancer include: carcinoma and melanoma.
- Exposure to both natural and artificial UV light is a risk factor.
- Regular sunscreen use can lower the risk of melanoma.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher year-round.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories like hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF).
- Avoid the sun at peak hours (between 10am-4pm) when possible.
- Avoid tanning or tanning beds, which use artificial UV rays.
- Perform regular skin exams and schedule screenings with your dermatologist.
When performing self-skin exams be sure to look out for any changes in your skin. Some things to look out for are:
- New moles
- Changes in any pre-existing moles
- Sores or lesions that are not healing
- Rough or scaly red patches that may crust or bleed
- New spots on the skin that appear to be changing or expanding
Be sure to schedule an appointment with you dermatologist if you have any concerns regarding your skin’s health or discover any of the things mentioned above.