Summer Wellness Corner

Summer Wellness Corner

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Skin Cancer

In the United States, the most common form of cancer is skin cancer. The CDC reports that nearly 5 million people are treated yearly. The three most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Indicators of skin cancer may include:

■ Irregular borders on moles (ragged, notched, or blurred edges)
■ Moles that are not symmetrical (one half doesn’t match the other)
■ Colors that are not uniform throughout
■ Moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser
■ Itchy or painful moles
■ New moles
■ Sores that bleed and do not heal
■ Red patches or lumps

Tips…How to protect yourself

  • Avoid prolonged exposure when possible, by seeking shade under Umbrellas, trees, or other shelters for relief from the sun.
  • Wear sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and UVA/UVB protection. Apply generously to all exposed skin areas. Reapply if in the sun longer than 2 hours, after swimming, or sweating. Sunscreen expires after 3 years, so be sure to check the expiration date.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats to shade the head, face, neck, and ears.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from UV rays. This may also reduce the risk for developing cataracts. Sunglasses that block UVA/UVB rays offer the best protection.

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