Posted on May 6, 2014 14:57 pm CDT
Skin Cancer does not prejudice against age, race or sex. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. 13 million Americans are living with a history of skin cancer and 800,000 are living with a history of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. But there is good news... skin cancer is mostly a lifestyle disease and there are ways to prevent it. Seek shade while outside. Do not burn... a person is twice as more likely to develop melanoma if they have had 5 or more sunburns in their lifetime. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. Cover up exposed skin with clothing. Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 our higher that is water-resistant. Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen on your body 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming and/or excessive sweating. Examine your skin. No one looks at your skin more than you do. Be observant of any changes in moles or freckles. And lastly, make sure you visit your physician at least once yearly for routine skin exams.