MAY IS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year making it the most common cancer in America. Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. In addition to seeing your dermatologist periodically for a full body skin exam, you should check your skin head to toe for new, changing, unusual appearing, and non-healing growths. During spring and summer UV radiation exposure peaks between 10 am and 4 pm so it’s best to engage in outdoor activities early or later in the day. -Consider the following additional sun protection recommendations from the Skin Cancer Foundation:
- Sunscreen: There are many formulations available for every skin type. It’s important to find one you will apply every day. Ideally, the product should be broad spectrum with UVA/UVB protection and water resistant. The later is important especially if you perspire heavily or are engaging in water activities. Apply liberally and repeat application every 2 hours you’re outdoors. Make sure the product hasn’t past it’s expiration date.
- Wear a hat with UPF 50+ and a broad rim for added protection of your ears and face. While hair helps shield from UV rays, your scalp is susceptible where the hair is parted or thin.
- Clothing is often the simplest way to protect your skin and unlike sunscreen it doesn’t have to be replace. Plus it is cost effective! Many companies manufacture clothing with breathable, sweat-wicking, and UPF containing fabrics.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses with lenses that block 100% of UV radiation and choose frames that wrap around or completely cover your eyes.
If it’s been a while since your last skin cancer screening, look yourself over and schedule an exam with your dermatologist: 310-626-4631