Skin Cancer Awareness Month - What You Need to Know



In honor of skin cancer awareness month, below are ten facts you should know about skin cancer and how it can quickly change your life.  


1.  Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.

2.  Skin cancer is usually the result of sun exposure and blistering sunburns that occur during childhood in addition to cumulative sun exposure.

3.  More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. 

4.  Having 5 or more sunburns in your lifespan doubles your risk of melanoma. 

5.  In the U.S., more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. 

6.  At least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. 

7. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. 

8. About 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. 

9. Only 20 to 30 percent of melanomas are found in existing moles, while 70 to 80 percent arise on apparently normal skin

10. Performing self exams can help with early detection.  This article can help you understand how to perform a thorough self-check and how to look for warning signs. 


What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?


1. Use broad spectrum sunscreen daily on your face and body. (Broad Spectrum meaning it will protect you from UVA and UVB rays. 

2. See your dermatologist annually for a full body skin check. 

3. Avoid sunburns at all costs. 

4. Wear protective clothing outdoors in the sun; wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and clothing protecting your body. 

5. Reapply sunscreen every couple hours and especially after swimming or sweating. 

6. Apply sunscreen to your face, ears, neck, tops of hands, and body daily. 1/2 a tablespoon for your face and neck alone.  

7. Beware of windows in your home and car, as most rays will penetrate through glass. 

8. Apply Vitamin C in the mornings as well to help protect your skin from environmental aggressors like the sun. 


The three most beneficial things you can do for protection is cover up with sunscreen and clothing, make smart choices when out in the sun, and pay close attention to your body. The statistics speak for themselves. We have the power to protect ourselves now. 

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