May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology is asking “Do You Use Protection from the Sun?” and is encouraging you to practice safe sun every time you are outdoors.
Did you know, UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer? Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+ to reduce your risk.
Early detection is key, call to schedule your skin check TODAY!
To Protect Your Skin, Follow These Sun Protection Tips:
Tip #1 – Don’t skimp on sunscreen.
Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your ears, neck hands, feet and lips. Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, water-resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Sunscreen is a huge part in preventing skin cancer. Our EltaMD broad-spectrum sunscreens help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun, when used with other sun protection measures.
Tip #2 – Treat yourself to protective clothing and sunglasses.
Since no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun’s rays, wear clothing for added protection. Look for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants and sunglasses with UV protection.
Tip #3 – Make shade your new best friend.
When possible, seek shade, especially from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If there’s no shade around, create your own using an umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat.
Tip #4 – Be extra careful around water, sand, and snow.
These surfaces reflect the sun’s rays, increasing your chance of sunburn.
Tip #5 – Say goodbye to Tanning
Tanning, both indoors and outdoors, can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. If you want that golden glow, use a self-tanner product instead. One indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing melanoma by 20%.
Tip #6 If you see something, say something.
When detected early, skin cancer, including melanoma, is highly treatable. Check your skin regularly. If you notice any new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything that is changing, itching, or bleeding. Contact us to get your skin checked by Dr. Myers or Dr. Harris today!