May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. With over 5 million cases diagnosed each year, this disease is reaching epidemic levels. Skin cancer is most often caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. Fortunately, the disease is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and by raising awareness of the dangers of unprotected exposure and encouraging sun-safe habits, we can change behaviors and save lives.
To lower your risk of skin cancer, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Other prevention tips include:
It is important to raise awareness by sharing these prevention tips and by sharing educational content with family, friends, and colleagues about risk factors, symptoms, and the different types of skin cancer. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self-examination. If you are unsure or have questions, please see your doctor immediately. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable.
Visit the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm for sun safety and other skin cancer prevention tips and share them with your friends and family.