Skin Cancer: Everyday Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Guard yourself against the most common type of cancer in the United States.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and summer is right around the corner, so now is the best time to brush up on your prevention measures. According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, there are 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer a year. Don't add to that number! These everyday strategies will reduce your risk.

  • Avoid UV ray exposure when the sun is at its peak. Enjoy the outdoors during the morning and evening hours. If you do go outside in the afternoon, seek shade.
  • Don't let your skin burn. Every sunburn you suffer from will increase your risk of a future skin cancer diagnosis.
  • Wear clothes that cover your skin. Wide-brimmed hats, loose long sleeve shirts, and long pants or skirts are more effective than sunscreen when it comes to protecting your skin.
  • Apply sunscreen to your exposed skin every day. Yes, even if you aren't heading to the beach or park. Just walking through the grocery store parking lot without protection could damage your skin. Make sure your sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays, and has an SPF of 15 or higher.
  • Avoid tanning beds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indoor tanning "solutions" are just as dangerous as the sun. They can lead to melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or ocular melanoma.

If you notice any signs of cancer on your skin, make an appointment with our oncology team for a professional assessment. You can find a physician from our website, or by calling our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-TMCP (8267).

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