It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. This May, we recognize Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness of skin cancer prevention. We encourage you to educate yourself on the potential risks of developing skin cancer and different ways you can protect your skin this summer.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is when skin cells grow abnormally. Skin cancer most commonly develops on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to UV rays or sun rays. There are different types of skin cancer, the most harmful of them being melanoma.
How can you prevent skin cancer?
Seek shade when you can. If you are headed to the beach, bring a canopy or large umbrella to provide a place for shade.
WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, or sunglasses. These articles of clothing can provide extra protection and prevent unwanted sunburn.
Use a waterproof broad-spectrum protection sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or as directed on the packaging.
You can look for signs of skin cancer by performing a self-examination or referencing this American Academy of Dermatology infographic. If you are still unsure about signs of skin cancer, consult with a dermatologist proper diagnosis and treatment.
Texas Dermatology is dedicated to providing quality skin care for patients of all ages. To book your appointment, call 210-829-5180 or click here to book an appointment.
For the month of May, take 20% off all SPFs at Texas Dermatology! Learn more by calling 210-245-4050.