May is skin cancer awareness month!
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal growth of skin cells and is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Skin cancer can almost directly be linked to the duration of time exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. But did you know that skin cancer is on of the only cancers that can actually be prevented?!
Here are some ways you can limit your exposure to harmful UV radiation:
- Don’t stay directly in the sun for prolonged periods (esp. between 10 AM and 4 PM).
- Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
- Use broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 whenever you are going to partake in outdoor activities.
- Look at your skin head-to-toe every month and check for any changes or abnormalities (for example- moles may appear larger or darker).
- See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
Share these tips with friends and family so they can be safe in the sun, too! Say yes to skin cancer protection techniques and spread awareness as much as you can.