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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year than all other forms of cancer combined, according to the American Cancer Society.

The good news is skin cancer is preventable. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher everyday. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
Visit the Skin Cancer Foundation for more information