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Be Your Best Skin Care Advocate

by kelly / May, 12 2021 01:30

Photo of woman look at the skin on her face in a mirror

Skin cancer is a cancer you can actually see but it often goes undetected because people don’t know what to look for or even to look for anything in the first place. That’s why the month of May is dedicated to skin cancer awareness. And because awareness is key we’ve assembled a few truths, tips, and resources so that you can be your best skin care advocate and prevent skin cancer for you and those you love.

Skin Cancer Truths

I know sometimes I don’t like to hear the truth. Because, as the saying goes, the truth hurts. But I also think knowledge is power – so the more we know the better.

So here are some skin cancer facts from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70
  • 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases are due to sun exposure

The facts aren’t so pleasant to read. But now that you know skin cancer is something to think about since it’s so prevalent – we can all do something about it.

And here’s the upside. Skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

Preventing Skin Cancer

With skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, for the most part if you see it, you can stop it. The key is detecting it early. And one way to spot it is by performing frequent skin self-exams and visiting a dermatologist regularly.

In fact the Skin Cancer Foundation has a whole campaign called The Big See which is about empowering:

“you to get to know your skin, check yourself in the mirror and keep these three simple words in mind: NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL. It could save your life.”

Check it out as it gives step-by-step instructions on how to perform self-exams. And you can also read these posts by us for tips as well:

Practicing Safe Sun

Another big way to prevent skin cancer is by wearing sunscreen. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

“Regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces your risk of melanoma by 50%.”

Of course other things such as wearing sun protective clothing, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and avoiding tanning & tanning beds are important as well.

You Are Your Skin’s Best Friend

Thankfully skin cancer is in most cases preventable if we take the right steps according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So why not take the month of May to check out your skin if you haven’t done so already this year.

Feel free to share this information with family and friends because the more people know the further we can all go at preventing skin cancer.

To stay up to date on all things skin cancer check out our Skin Cancer blog series.

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