May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Over 10 years ago I found a spot on my leg that looked like a bug bite.  It was a round, raised, red, itchy bump.  After 2 weeks it was still there so I decided to see a dermatologist.  I was shocked to learn that it was a squamous skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.  Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer.  UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.  Squamous is next followed by basil.  Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.  Prevention is the best line of defense.

Below are some valuable sites to help you understand the risks of melanoma and preventative measures.

What is the main cause of skin cancer?  http://usa.gov/1G8qOTW.

Learn how to protect your skin from skin cancer.  http://1.usa.gov/1AZDGpd.

Is indoor tanning safer than tanning in the sun?  http://1.usa.gov/1bbBePF

Protect yourself from skin cancer by doing a skin self-exam.  http://1usa.gov/prJMNR

UV rays can hurt your eyes,  http://1.usa.gov/lgkLhw

Skin cancer affects people of all ages.  http://1.usa.gov/jt7vYY

HEALTH TIP:  PUT SUNSCREEN ON 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOU GO OUTSIDE TO HELP PREVENT SKIN CANCER.

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