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Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

May 25, 2018

 

 

Today, the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, is "DON'T FRY DAY!” In fact, the month of May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month. It's an opportunity to remind yourself and others that protecting your skin EVERY day is vitally important.

 

As mentioned on the flyer above...

  • There will be over five million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the US this year.

  • One American dies every 45 minutes from skin cancer.

  • Melanoma accounts for 90% of skin cancer deaths.

  • Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer in young, white, American women.

  • 72% of melanomas in children occur in girls between the ages of 15 to 19.

  • Skin cancer is preventable and easily recognized.

 

SunAWARE

A = Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight, seek shade, and never indoor tan.

W = Wear protective clothing and sunglasses year-round.

A = Apply recommended amounts of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF ≥ 30

      (on all exposed skin, and reapply every two hours, or as needed)

R = Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns

       to your healthcare provider. Express Care of the Shoals can assist you - contact us.

E = Educate your family and community about the need to be SunAWARE.

 

 

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