Did You Know:

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes and no matter your skin color. It is the most common cancer in the United States with 500 people diagnosed every day – folks every day!

May is national skin cancer awareness month. In keeping with that, I would like to mention some risk factors and need to be assessed as well as how to prevent. As regards risk factors, obviously, family history has an impact. Duration of sun exposure, starting when we are younger which will accumulate as we age. Another risk consideration is an indoor tanning habit. Knowing which of your skin moles predisposes you to skin cancer is important, so examine carefully for the character, margins, color changes. Best to have a trained medical person initially map your moles and then both of you critically view them on a regular basis.

Interestingly it’s been found that people who have blond hair are more likely to develop skin cancer as well as those of us with freckles. Individuals who get sunburned easily along with those having blue or green eyes are at greater risk of developing skin cancer.

The good news is skin cancers can be preventable and is a very treatable form of cancer.  People  50 or over are at the highest risk of developing skin cancer especially men however with the advent of tanning shops, an increase of skin cancer in women and teenagers has occurred. With regard to prevention I want to quickly mention when in the sun, wear the proper eye protection (sunglasses with UV protection blue light protection), long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat (3 inches all the way around) as well as a sunscreens (broad-spectrum every day 30+ SP),  also you should be in the shade between 10 am and 4 pm when rays are the strongest.

Allot is up to you!