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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Learn why this is so important…

May, which is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Why is this important?  As the sun gains strength and the weather becomes warmer, May’s Skin Cancer Awareness message reminds us to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. While most of us crave the warmth of brighter days—it is vital to enjoy it safely.

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled, irregular growth of abnormal skin cells that multiply rapidly. If left unaddressed, these cancer cells can spread from the skin to other tissues. There are many different types of skin cancer – all of which are exasperated by sun exposure. In fact, the three most common types of skin cancers – basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma – are related to cumulative sun exposure. 

What’s In Your Tote Bag? Here’s an easy tip to help make sure you and your family stay sun-safe. Get ready for summer with a tote bag full of different ways to protect your skin. Keep the tote bag handy so you can grab it whenever you head out for summer fun! Some important things to pack—

More Sun Safety Tips

  • Stay in the shade, especially during late morning through mid-afternoon.

  • Can’t stay in the shade? Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect your skin.

  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Fast Facts About Skin Cancer Skin cancer is the most common cancer.

  • Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes.

  • Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.

  • Anyone can get skin cancer, but some things put you at higher risk.

  • The most common signs of skin cancer are changes on your skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in a mole.

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