Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and people of all skin color and types are susceptible. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When detected early, skin cancer is very treatable. MORE HEALTH wants you and your family members to be healthy, safe and strong. Please follow these recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Protect skin from the sun's harmful UV rays by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
- Do not use tanning beds or sun lamps, which are sources of artificial UV radiation that may cause skin cancer. Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59 percent; the risk increases with each use.
- Skin cancer warning signs include changes in size, shape or color of a mole or other skin lesion, the appearance of a new growth on the skin, or a sore that doesn't heal.
- If you notice a new spot or an existing spot that changes, itches, or bleeds, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.