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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month May 2, 2011

Filed under: skin cancer — askanesthetician @ 2:57 pm
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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month making this the perfect time for me to once again get up on my soapbox and give out some very important sun protection tips. 

First and foremost, and I can’t emphasize this enough, be aware of the fact that skin cancer is preventable.  Be vigilant about using your sunscreen and you will drastically cut-down on your chances of getting skin cancer.  Never, ever use a tanning bed!  Using a tanning bed is almost like asking to get melanoma.  Just say no!  Get a fake tan instead.

Everyone, no matter what their skin color is, needs to use a broad-spectrum (that means the sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day – no matter what.  Even if you the only time you are spending outdoors is in your car driving around – you still need sunscreen.  Even if it is cloudy outside you still need a sunscreen.   Remember to put sunscreen on every part of your body that is exposed – like your ears, your neck, and your hands.

Get a skin cancer check from a dermatologist.  It only takes about 5 minutes.  You can even get one for free.

Protect yourself and protect those you love.  Set a good example for your kids by using sunscreen and wearing a hat when you are outdoors.

Can’t decide what sunscreen to buy?  Get Sephora’s Sun Safety Kit for only $25.  It includes sample sizes of 11 different products.

Want to learn more?  Two of my favorite online sources for skin cancer information are The Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Dermatology website.

And above all – use your sunscreen and be sun smart!

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