- According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 2 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually in the United States. Of that, an average of 68,000 are cases of melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers make up the remaining 1,932,000 cases. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Now with warmer weather upon us, we tend to shed the long sleeves and pants and opt to bare as much skin as we dare. Needless to say, we best be applying our SPF and doing what we can to lower our skin's exposure to direct sunlight. According to NCI, we should:
1. Use a broad spectrum (UVA / UVB) sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater every day. For extended outdoor exposure, use a water resistant broad spectrum with an SPF of 30 or more.
2. Apply your sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes prior to going outdoors. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or activities which cause heavy sweating.
3. Avoid burning
5. Seek shade mid day (between 11:00 Am & 4:00 PM).
6. Consider wearing UV blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat when out in the sun.
7. Examine your skin, head to toe.
8. Have your skin professionally examined once a year by your physician.
This Mother's Day, you might show mom just how much you care. Give her gifts of sun protection.
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