May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
SKIN CANCER is the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, when spotted early, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Early detection starts with you – and not only for yourself but for your loved ones, too. Although June E. Nylen Cancer Center loves serving you and your family, cancer prevention is the ultimate goal. Read on for their skin cancer prevention and detection tips.
WHO IS AT RISK?
It’s important to note that anyone can develop skin cancer, however, there
are factors that increase a person’s
risk. Those factors include a history of excessive sun exposure and sunburns; skin that freckles, tans poorly or burns easily after sun exposure; skin with many moles, irregular moles or large moles; light complexion and eye color; and a suppressed immune system.
SAVE YOUR SKIN
LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE
Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Seek shade when appropriate, especially between 1O AM to 2 PM, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Avoid indoor tanning; if you really want a sun-kissed look, stick with a self-tanning product instead.
Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that is water resistant. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or excessive sweating
WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Clothing is the first line of defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays. The more skin you cover, the better. In addition to long shirts and pants, wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a widebrimmed hat to protect your face, neck, and ears.
IF YOU CAN SPOT IT, YOU CAN STOP IT
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends everyone practice a monthly head-to-toe examination of their skin. Performed regularly, self-examination can aid in the early detection of skin cancer. Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma to help spot skin cancer early.
If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, make an appointment with your dermatologist. You should also see your dermatologist once a year for a professional skin exam. June E. Nylen Cancer Center has a wide array of services to help patients, regardless of where you’re at in the journey. To learn more about the state-of the-art treatment center, call JENCC at 712.252.0088.