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Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Awareness

We want everyone to take the time to become better educated about what we can all do to prevent skin cancer. Our mission is to help the communities we serve become more familiar with the importance of early detection and the critical role you can play in spotting skin cancer and spreading the word. And, remember, when caught early skin cancer is one of the easiest cancers to cure.


Know the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

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Skin Cancer Facts

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

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About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

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1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

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Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.

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When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.


Understanding the 3 Types of Skin Cancer

Basal Cell

Ranking
Most common cause of skin cancer

Discovery
Usually discovered in areas exposed to the sun
Rarely spreads, very rarely fatal

Who
Anyone – people who are at highest risk have fair skin, blond or red hair, and blue, green, or grey eyes

Squamous Cell

Ranking
Second most common skin cancer

Discovery
Sometimes spreads to other parts of the body, but almost all cases are curable

Who
Rarely appears before age 50
Majority of skin cancers in African-Americans are squamous cell

Melanoma

Ranking
Accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases

Discovery
Melanoma may develop as a new mole or in a preexisting mole
Causes the vast majority  of skin cancer deaths

Who
One of the most common cancers in people younger than 30

Sun Safety

Are you being skin smart? Sunburns may seem like an everyday annoyance, but they can be truly harmful to your skin, making you more susceptible to skin cancer and aging your appearance. It’s a smart idea to avoid being in the sun for extended periods of time or during the peak hours of 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and to always use a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30.

Watch this video to see people discover what they look like under ultraviolet light. You will come to appreciate the startling power of sunscreen!

10 Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Skin from the Sun Year-Round

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Try to limit your exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Always use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.

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Apply your sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin, making sure you cover your ears, neck, hands, feet, scalp, lips, and around your eyes.

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Wear UV-blocking sunglasses with wraparound or large frames to protect your eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes.

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Reapply your sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if some of the product may have been removed while swimming, sweating, or towel-drying.

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Choose a sunscreen appropriate for you skin and/or the activities you will be participating in while you are in the sun.

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Stay in the shade when possible.

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Wear clothing designed to block the suns UV rays or consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a broad-rimmed hat to protect areas like the neck, ears, scalp, and face.

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Avoid tanning beds and tanning salons.

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Avoid tanning beds and tanning salons.

Learn more about Choosing the Right Sunscreen (courtesy of American Academy of Dermatology).

Most mild or moderate sunburns cause redness and peeling of the outer layers of skin. These can be treated with cool compresses, pain medication, antihistamines, and proper hydration. More severe sunburns may affect deeper layers of skin, causing painful blisters and redness that heals more slowly. If you’re experiencing sunburn accompanied by a fever, extreme pain, headaches, or confusion, or one that lasts more than a few days, you should see a doctor right away.