Melanoma Awareness Month
Many of you have been sheltering-in-place and working from home, and we have loved seeing people use this time to get active! Many folks are walking their dogs more, doing yard work, and riding bikes. Staying active is great for your physical and mental health. But with all that fun in the sun, we’ve also been seeing more and more sunburns!
The vast majority of skin cancer cases are caused by exposure to UV radiation from the sun. By developing sun-safe habits, you can significantly reduce your risk! Nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. While skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
Enjoy the weather while staying sun-safe: Wear a daily sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, even if you aren’t planning to spend prolonged time in the sun. Even sun exposure through your car window can cause damage over time! If you are planning to have some fun in the sun, be sure to reapply sunscreen every hour and cover up where possible.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from melanocytes (cells that give your skin its natural color). It is the least common form of skin cancer, but because it’s able to spread to other parts of the body, it is also the deadliest.
Risk factors for melanoma include:
- A family history of melanoma
- Fair skin that burns easily in the sun
- Excessive UV exposure – especially the use of tanning beds
- A history of sunburn – particularly in childhood
If you notice any new, changing, or irregular moles, schedule a skin check!