Skin Cancer and Summer Safety
Happy Summer! As you take time to enjoy the sun that we yearn for all winter, remember to keep your skin safe from the sun’s damaging rays.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The most common cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, and also from tanning booths or sunlamps. Melanoma is less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is also the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.
To reduce your risk of skin cancer, limit your time in the sun during midday, and apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to any exposed skin, and reapply often while in the sun. For even better skin protection, wear clothes that cover your arms and legs, a hat with a wide brim to protect your head and neck, and sunglasses with UV protection.
The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it is found and treated early. Check your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer – a new growth, a changing mole, or a sore that doesn’t heal. Keep in mind the ABCDEs of melanoma – is the mole or spot Asymmetrical; Is the Border irregular or jagged; is the Color uneven; is the Diameter greater than the size of a pea; and has the mole or spot Evolved (changed) recently?
Be sure to call your Primary Care Physician or our office if you have any spots that concern you. Early detection and treatment is key!