With one in five Americans developing skin cancer by the age of 70, it’s always the right time to check in with your skin cancer risk factors. However, National Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a special opportunity to learn about safety and prevention. Here are the top ways you can recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May.
Everyone is susceptible to skin cancer, but some people are more at risk than others. This month, take a moment to research your individual risks. Some of the most common skin cancer risk factors include:
Remember, despite your personal risk factors, sun exposure is the top cause of skin cancer. Your dermatologist can help you understand which risk factors apply to you and how you can better protect yourself.
Dermatologists recommend that patients schedule skin cancer screenings at least once per year. But they may ask you to come in more frequently if you’re at high risk. If you’ve been putting off your screening, this month is a great time to make the appointment. During your visit, the dermatologist will check your skin for signs of skin cancer and take any biopsies that may be necessary. Remember to check your skin at home between appointments as well.
Skin Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to refresh your sun protection supply. As you shop, look for lightweight clothing that covers your skin. You should also pick up a wide-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses. Browse the sunscreen aisle and look for a product that has at least SPF 30. And if you’re prone to forgetting your sunscreen at home, buy an extra bottle to keep in your bag.
Remember, five or more sunburns doubles your melanoma risk. If your family enjoys spending time outside, sun protection is a must.
It’s never too early to talk to your children about skin cancer prevention, especially if you have a family history of the disease. This May, talk to your family about the importance of wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun. Parents of teenagers should consider talking to their kids about the dangers of tanning and offering some sunless alternatives.
Skin cancer prevention is all about caring for your skin. Reward yourself for your efforts by booking a cosmetic treatment with your dermatology provider. A clinical facial, superficial peel, or laser treatment will not only give you a glow but address the signs of sun damage as well. You’re sure to feel more confident and motivated to shield your skin from UV radiation.
The team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists is proud to recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month, educating our patients and providing a variety of skin cancer services. Through skin cancer screenings, diagnostics, treatment, and preventative education, we strive to support your skin health. We have offices in Carson, CA and the surrounding area, so contact us today to schedule a skin cancer screening at a location near you.