Monday, May 20, 2013

May Marks Melanoma Awareness Month

To help people understand the dangers of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form, the American Academy of Dermatology designates May as a time to reach out to the public.
Can you guess which cancer is the most common? If you guessed skin cancer, then you are correct. About 20% of the U.S. population receives the diagnosis.  In Colorado, melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among 20-34 year-olds, according to the Colorado Central Cancer Registry at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The good news—self exams can help you spot a suspicious spot or mole. Remember, early detection is one of your best defenses against skin cancer. Not sure how to give yourself a self exam?  Click here to see how it’s done. Read the suggestions or watch the quick YouTube video.

Everyone Deserves Some Fresh Air

With warm weather already here, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following guidelines to help keep your skin protected from the sun during outside time.
  • Use broad spectrum water-resistant sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
  • Opt for shady areas when outdoors. 
  • Cover up your skin with protective clothing. That includes wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses

Can’t say no to a summer glow? Try sunless tanning lotions instead of tanning beds.

Remember This

Ultra Violet (UV) rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  When the UV index rating is between 8 and 10, considered “very high,” your skin can burn very quickly, according to the EPA.  Please visit the EPA website to learn more about how the UV index affects your skin.

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