|Are you planning to attend an outdoor festival, going to a sports event, or spending the day at a park? Skin Cancer Prevention Month is here to help you get ready for your outdoor adventures! Knowing what puts you at risk for skin cancer and how to lower your risk is a great way to prepare.
What to Know About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with nearly 5 million people treated for all skin cancers each year. Anyone can get skin cancer, but some characteristics put people at a higher risk such as, having a lighter skin color or skin that burns easily. Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other sources such as tanning beds. Skin cancer can be cured if found and treated early.
What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk
Reducing your exposure to UV rays can lower your risk of getting skin cancer. Avoid tanning and sunburns, and use sun safety tips to make protecting your skin a daily habit. Talk to your doctor if you notice unusual moles or changes to your skin.
Stay tuned for more tips this month to help you stay sun-safe!
source: CDC Blog Posts