Stay Safe in the Summer Sun
Did You Know? According to experts, an estimated 4.3 million cases of the most common form of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths? And sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
With summer on the way, we offer some tips to help you enjoy the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer:
- Learn to identify and diagnose melanoma as early as possible.
- Reduce and limit ultraviolet (UV) exposure from natural sunlight and artificial sources (tanning beds)
- Schedule a yearly skin exam by a dermatologist
- Do a monthly skin self-examination; research has shown that individuals, not doctors, are most likely to spot a melanoma
- Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin approximately 15 minutes before sun exposure-then reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating
- Wear protective clothing whenever possible like a wide-brim hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved pants and shirts
- Seek shade when possible
- Do not get sunburned!
- Avoid intentional tanning and indoor tanning beds
- Get plenty of Vitamin D, through a healthy diet and/or vitamin supplements if recommended by your doctor
For more information, visit the Melanoma Research Foundation’s comprehensive site, at: http://www.melanoma.org/understand-melanoma/diagnosing-melanoma/detection-screening/abcdes-melanoma