Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from exposure to the sun, tanning beds or sunlamps is the main cause of skin cancer. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. The good news is that skin cancer is very treatable IF it is detected in the early stages.
Now is the time to make a personal commitment to protect yourself and your loved ones from this deadly disease. You can also help spread awareness throughout your community to help reduce the occurrence of melanoma, or detect it early and when it is most treatable. Here are some of the ways that you can help prevent skin cancer:
- Wear daily broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, even in the winter and on cloudy days.
- Wear protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses
- Especially protect children – one bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the chance of developing melanoma later in life.
- Have an annual full-body skin exam by your doctor.
- Check your own skin once a month and get to know your moles and spots so that you will notice changes in their size and shape.
- Be an example to others and build these habits into your own lifestyle!
During the month of May, spread the word about strategies to prevent skin cancer. Encourage your friends, family, communities and organizations to get involved. Pariser Dermatology Specialists will be posting on our social media channels all month long with information to increase awareness and help prevent melanoma. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed! You can find additional resources and information at the Melanoma Research Alliance website.