by Colleen Posey

Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

May was Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and according to the American Cancer Society, “more skin cancers are diagnosed in the US each year than all other cancers combined.”  This is a scary thing to think about. There are many situations that can put individuals at risk for skin cancer, including exposure to the sun and tanning beds. Protecting yourself and detecting it early is easier than most would think. Some easy steps to follow when you are going to be exposed to the sun are:

  • Sunscreen is SO important and something that people often overlooked. These days, there are a variety of different SPF levels available.
  • Protect your skin with clothing.
  • Limit the time you spend out in the sun when the UV rays are at their strongest.
  • Find a comfy spot in the shade where you can still enjoy the weather and protect your skin from the UV rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

Above all, detecting skin cancer early is key to ensuring it is treated successfully.  The best way to do this is to be familiar with your skin. If you see a mole that looks questionable, don’t hesitate. Make a doctor’s appointment to get it examined. You can visit your doctor or other health care professionals, such as a dermatologist, for regularly scheduled skin check appointments as well. Consult your medical insurance to determine how this would be covered for you and your family members.

Source: American Cancer Society

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