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May brings a lot of excitement: The weather is getting warmer, vacation season is kicking off, and outdoor activities are in full swing. But May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so before you start spending more time outside, now is a good time to check in with your skin.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common cancer both in the United States and worldwide: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Though that seems scary, you can protect yourself from sun damage in a number of ways—starting with a skin cancer screening. Check out these three great reasons to get yours.
Your risk for developing skin cancer increases each year. Though it is a visible disease–one you can spot–it also spreads quickly. Getting your screening allows your doctor to look for and detect skin cancer before it becomes a bigger problem.
Skin cancer cases that are detected early are easier to treat. If your doctor finds a concerning mole or spot, a biopsy will reveal whether it is skin cancer and (if yes) its level of severity. Left untreated, skin cancer can spread inward to other parts of the body, making it more difficult to remove.
Your skin cancer screening is a simple process that can be included in your routine doctor visit. If you are already aware of spots that have changed or look irregular, be sure to mention them. Your doctor will then examine your skin, including hard-to-see places like your scalp, back, or soles of your feet, for any concerning areas. If your doctor suspects that a spot might be cancerous, he or she may proceed with a biopsy or other treatment measures.
In addition to getting a screening, there are other steps you can take to prevent skin cancer:
● Stay in the shade and out of direct sunlight
● Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen before going outside, and reapply every 30 minutes
● Cover your skin with clothing, headwear, and sunglasses
● Take a close-up look at your skin every month
Skin cancer is a serious but treatable disease, and keeping yourself safe could be as simple as getting a skin cancer screening. Schneck’s Cancer Care Center is well equipped with everything from cancer-related information to treatment and support. Take this simple step to protect your health and schedule your skin cancer screening today.
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