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Know the Facts, Check Your Skin

by kelly / May, 11 2022 16:25

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It’s my favorite month of the year! Why? Well, summer is around the corner and it also happens to be Skin Cancer Awareness month. So it’s a perfect time to protect and check in with our skin. So we’re here to give you a little reminder of why and how to do all that.

Skin Cancer is the Most Common Cancer

There’s probably someone in your circle that’s been affected by skin cancer and you don’t even know it. That’s because it’s the most common cancer – about 1 in 5 Americans develop it by the age of 70.

Here are other facts about skin cancer from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma
  • When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent

So skin cancer is happening all around but for the most part it’s preventable and treatable if detected early.

How to Prevent Skin Cancer

The best way to prevent skin cancer is by practicing sun protection. Here’s a quick refresher of some of the key practices:

  • Wear sunscreen every day, 365 days a year
  • Seek shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM
  • Cover up with clothing and accessories
  • Avoid tanning

The other major piece of skin cancer prevention is skin checks. It’s important to check your skin every year and to visit your doctor regularly. There’s a saying in the skin cancer world – if you spot it you can stop it.

The Skin Cancer Foundation even has a program right now called the #SkinCheckChallenge which is an early detection campaign. The goal is to get people to check their skin for anything new, changing, or unusual and then share it on social media and inspire others to do the same.

Suncare Smarts

So now that you’re done reading take a few minutes to check your skin. And don’t forget to employ your daily sun protection practices before you head out for the day.

For even more skin cancer tips check out our Skin Cancer or Suncare Smarts series.

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