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Check Yourself: May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

05/12/2017

 

 

May is designated Skin Cancer Awareness Month to educate the public about prevention and sun safety. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
 
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.
 
The easiest way to prevent skin damage and lessen your chances of developing skin cancer is to avoid getting sunburn. The CDC offers several resources to help keep you safe in the sun. Here’s just a few tips to protect your skin:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor 15 or higher.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
 
For more information, visit  www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/skincancer/
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