More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That’s more than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades.
With warmer weather on the horizon, it is important to remember to protect your skin.
65% - 95% of all skin melanoma are caused by excessive sun exposure.
Ways to protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer:
- Use broad spectrum sunscreens that absorb and/or block UV radiation w/ SPF 30 or greater
- Apply sunscreen properly every time you go outside, especially during considerable lengths of time
- Reapply sunscreen periodically when you are out in the sun
- Avoid the sun during the middle of the day
- Cover up your skin using hats and clothing made of tightly woven sun blocking material
- Wear sunglasses with UV blocking lenses & if possible use the type that wrap around your face covering skin around your eyes & temples.
- Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths
Most skin cancers can be found early with skin exams. Both regular exams by your doctor and checking your own skin frequently can help find cancers early, when they are easier to treat.
Skin cancers can show up in many shapes and sizes. Be sure to show your doctor any areas that concern you, especially if they have just appeared or have changed recently.
Source: American Cancer Society