How can we ignore the fact that 90% of skin cancer cases are preventable?
Yes, that is right, there are only about a handful of cancers, such as lung cancer and skin cancer, that can actually be prevented by taking simple steps – making the right educated choices. First people need to get the facts to begin to make these potentially life saving choices.
Get the Facts:
- Unprotected skin can burn fast, putting you at risk for skin cancer!
- Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate. Every color of skin is at risk.
- Just one or more blistering sunburns as a child or teenager increases your risk.
- You need sunscreen on sunny and cloudy days.
- Reapply your sunscreen every two hours, right after swimming, playing or exercising outdoors.
- One ounce of sunscreen will cover your whole body – this is about the size of the palm of your hand.
Got Skin? Make the Commitment to the 5 Daily Habits of Sun Protection
- Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen every day
- Wear a hat in the sun
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
- Cover yourself with clothing
- Stay in the shade
Check Your Skin Regularly
Early detection can save your life! Here are tips to identify skin cancers including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. If you find a mole like this on yourself or anyone else, show it to a doctor right away!
- Asymmetry – a mole where the edges don’t match up if it were folded in half
- Border – look for moles that are uneven, ridged, or notched
- Color – if your mole has different colors like brown, red, blue, purple or your skin color it might be dangerous
- Diameter – check your mole with a pencil – if it is bigger than the top of an eraser, have it checked
- Evoloving – consult a doctor if your moles change in size, color or elevation
Here’s how to check in 5 minutes:
Mark your calendar to do this easy 3 step check once a month:
- Go to a private area with good light and a mirror
- Check your whole body, even in places where the sun doesn’t shine! Don’t forget your palms, the bottoms of your feet, and under your fingernails.
- Remember or take a picture of your spots so that you will notice if they change size, shape or edges