Summer has arrived in all her glory! As the temperatures rise, please remember to protect your skin with the proper SPF. Protecting your skin is an important step in preventing skin cancer.
Melanoma is considered the most serious type of skin cancer and if not detected early can be fatal. Melanoma is caused by an overexposure of the sun, resulting in normal skin samples to mutate. These abnormal cells become vicious in their attack of the healthy tissue surrounding them. Melanoma often presents itself like flat brown patches or a black mole that has uneven edges. The Melanomas often have an irregular or asymmetrical shape to them.
This year alone, more than one million men and women will be diagnosed with Melanoma and over 7,000 of them will be terminal.
You can start protecting yourself now by doing some simple steps:
Always wear cover-ups, wide-brimmed hats, and tightly woven dark fabrics while in the sun.
Wear Sunscreen, Moisturizer, or Makeup rated SPF 15 or more and apply every few hours.
Make sure to have an annual head-to-toe skin check by your dermatologist and do routine self-examinations.
Avoid going to tanning beds and salons.
Babies under six months need to be kept out of the sun as much as possible.
Limit your exposure during the hottest part of the day and always wear your sunscreen whether it is sunny or not.