May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! I wanted to take the time to share this information about Skin Cancer with you all, as it is among the most common cancers and can affect ANYONE at ANY age.
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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and worldwide.
1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70.
Every hour, more than 2 people die of skin cancer.
If you catch skin cancer early enough, you can be A-OK.
Your risk for melanoma doubles if you have had more than 5 sunburns.
Regular use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces your risk of melanoma by 50%.
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NEW Hey what’s that? Keep an eye out for NEW moles and blemishes that have popped up -- especially if they appear after age 21.
CHANGING A leopard’s spots don’t change -- and neither should yours. Always check if your spots are CHANGING in color, shape, size or texture.
UNUSUAL One of these things is not like the others... Look for spots that are UNUSUAL in outline or continuously itch, hurt, crust or bleed for more than 3 weeks.
Things that you can do to help reduce your risk of developing skin cancers:
avoid artificial tanning such as tanning beds
regularly check your skin for unusual moles, blemishes or sores. Click here for tips for self exams.
make a visit to a dermatologist for a full skin exam, especially if you notice anything unusual.
wear sunscreen daily, and re-apply throughout the day as needed, especially if you are planning to spend extended amounts of time out of doors in direct sunlight. When exercising or swimming sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours.
reduce extreme sun exposure when possible, by staying indoors during peak sunlight hours or in shaded areas and by covering up.
While having fairer skin is a higher risk factor for developing both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, skin cancers can affect people of any race or complexion. Skin cancers are more common among older individuals, but they can occur in people of any age bracket.
The most important thing that you can do is pay attention to what is happening on your skin, and inform your doctor about any new or unusual moles, scabs or sores on your skin. A dermatologist can take a shave sample of an area of concern and run a biopsy to determine if there are cancerous cells in the affected area. Skin cancers are among the most treatable forms of cancers, especially if they are detected early. The two most common kinds of skin cancers BCC and SCC are highly treatable and far less likely to spread to other tissues. Melanoma skin cancer is more aggressive and has a higher likelihood of spreading to other tissues if left untreated which can lead to death. Early detection saves lives.
I found out this month that I have skin cancer so i’ve been having a great May so far. 🙃 Let this post be a sign to all of you and any of you who see this that you should check out your skin, wear your sunscreen, and pay a visit to the dermatologist!