May is Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month! The purpose of this awareness campaign is to bring awareness to skin cancer education, and to encourage early detection screenings. Established by the American Academy of Dermatology, the month-long campaign kicked off on May 4th with Melanoma Monday, the first Monday of the month.
One in five people will develop some form of skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. Skin cancer is caused by over-exposure of ultraviolet radiation from too much sun, or from tanning beds. However, skin cancer is easily preventable. Protect yourself and others from sun damage by taking these simple steps.
– Wear sunscreen when doing any outdoor activities, and reapply every couple of hours
– Monthly self-examinations as well as a yearly dermatology appointment
– Wear broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher
– Limit sun exposure whenever possible
– Avoid tanning beds
Remember these key steps for the coming summer months as you spend more and more time outdoors. As skin cancer will affect over 2 million Americans this year, it is essential to take preventative action. By educating and bringing awareness of skin cancer and its causes every year, we can endorse early detection and decrease the prevalence of skin cancer.