SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
All May long, Skin Cancer Awareness Month encourages us to learn preventative skin care habits and seek screenings for early intervention.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it’s also one of the most preventable. Wearing sun protection either in the form of clothing or broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and seeking shade when outdoors is the first line of defense. Knowing your moles is another line of defense and how to spot a change in your skin helps in early detection. Most skin cancers are highly treatable.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Prepare for outdoor activities and summer skin exposure. Carry sun protection everywhere you go – for you and the family. Re-apply sun-block throughout the day, even on cloudy days. When possible, wear long-sleeves and spend time in the shade. Know your risk. Have those moles checked and get a baseline on file with your dermatologists. For more information visit skincancer.org and use #SkinCancerAwarenessMonth to share on social media.
The American Academy of Dermatology, the CDC, the Skin Cancer Foundation and many other organizations support Skin Cancer Awareness Month.