Skin Cancer and the Best Steps to Prevent It
June 4, 2019
Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US.
The main cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, but UV radiation can also come from tanning booths and sunlamps.
The most dangerous type of skin cancer is called melanoma. Melanoma is a malignant cancer that develops from the pigment containing cells, typically within the skin, but may rarely occur in the mouth, intestines or eyes.
Anyone can get skin cancer, although most skin cancer appears after age 50, but skin damage from the sun can start during childhood.
The highest risks are persons with:
- Fair or light-colored skin with freckles
- Blond or red hair
- Blue or green eyes
The highest risks for melanoma are:
- Unusual moles- moles that change color, grow uneven or change texture
- Large number of moles- more than 50
- Family history of melanoma or unusual moles
- Fair skin that burns easily
- Personal history of many blistering sunburns, especially when you were a child or teen
There is Good News!!
Skin cancer can almost always be cured when found, and treated, early!
Steps you can take to prevent skin cancer:
- Stay in the shade as much as possible between 10am-4pm
- Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
- Wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat & sunglasses
- Avoid indoor tanning
- Check skin regularly for changes
- Don’t forget your lips!