Month of May highlights skin cancer prevention and awareness
Each year millions of people are diagnosed with skin cancer.
And though that number is alarming, fortunately, it’s one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early.
In an effort to raise awareness and encourage people to take steps to lower their risk, May has been recognized as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
What can you do to celebrate? Take extra precautions when it comes to protecting your body’s largest organ.
Exposure to ultraviolet rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer.
To that end, seek shade when outdoors, especially during midday hours, and cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin, recommends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Be sure to use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor of 15 or higher, and reapply at least every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
If you are in the market for sunscreen, check out the products available at Eterna Med Spa, such as the Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 or the Jan Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45.
And don’t think because it’s cloudy that you don’t need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage, according to the CDC.
It’s also best to avoid tanning beds, as the ultraviolet light can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
While anyone can get skin cancer, certain risk factors make some people more likely to develop it, including those who have a lighter natural skin color, a family history of skin cancer, and skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early.