Skin Cancer Prevention. Peters 2013. Skin Cancer Facts/Stats. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That's more than all other cancers combined.
There are 2 main types of skin cancers: keratinocyte cancers (basal and squamous cell skin cancers) and melanomas.
Learn more: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/moreinformation/skincancerpreventionandearlydetection/skin-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-what-is-skin-cancer
Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun.
Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap” is a catch phrase that can help you remember some of the key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
Learn More: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/moreinformation/skincancerpreventionandearlydetection/skin-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-u-v-protection
Most skin cancers can be found early with skin exams.
Here's how to perform your own skin check:
Skin cancers can show up in a variety of shapes and sizes. Be sure to show your doctor any abnormal areas that concern you, especially if they have just appeared or have changed recently.
More information: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/moreinformation/skincancerpreventionandearlydetection/skin-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-what-to-look-for
The ABCDE rule is another guide to the usual signs of melanoma. Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about spots that have any of the following features:
The label of the sunscreen will indicate the UVA or UVB protection.
Choose a product that states, "UVA/UVB," protection or has "broad spectrum" protectant.
If you are looking for a sunscreen to use while in the water, choose a sunscreen that is "waterproof" or "water resistant."
2. Not applying enough sunscreen.
3. Not reapplying after swimming or sweating.
4. Using sunscreen only when it is sunny.
It has been a pleasure, I hope you all enjoy the outdoors safely this summer!