Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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Summertime and the living is easy… right? Well, for those of us who spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun, there is one thing to worry about: skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Are you taking the necessary steps to protect yourself?

July is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – and with good reason. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. The American Cancer Society says that melanoma, the most serious of skin cancers, will account for over 76,600 cases of skin cancer this year alone.  The good news is that the overall 5-year survival rate is 91%. This is because when caught early, it is very treatable. And better yet, it is one of the most preventable types of cancer, too!

We want you to be safe and secure while you enjoy the sun, so to celebrate Skin Cancer Awareness Month, learn a bit more about the risk factors and symptoms for skin cancer.

Risk Factors:
• Excessive exposure to UV radiation – this could be sunlight or tanning booths
• Unprotected exposure to UV radiation – this could be sunlight or tanning booths
• Severe sunburn
• Pale skin
• Light hair
• Heredity

Warning Signs:
• Any change in your skin
• A change in the way a bump or nodule looks
• A change in sensation

If you notice anything new or different about your skin, the best thing to do is see a doctor. Being precautious is the easiest way to prevent and treat skin cancer. Before you head outside in the sun this weekend, slap on some sunscreen. And remember to reapply frequently. Not only will you be lowering your risk of skin cancer, but you’ll be protecting your skin from things such as premature aging and wrinkles, too!

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