Melanoma / skin cancer detection and prevention

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. Skin cancer can however be prevented in many cases. As we begin the month of June, here are some tips and reminders to help us raise awareness and stay mindful about skin cancer, and how to take action to prevent it.

You can take steps today to protect your skin:

Stay out of the sun for long periods between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and apply 30 minutes before going outside.


Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.


Check your skin once a month for changes.


Go the extra step: Protect your skin from skin cancer by doing a skin self-exam. Learn how here.

For more information please visit American Academy of Dermatology.


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