May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?  Skin Cancer is on the rise and so easily treated with early detection. 

Today, May 3 is Melanoma Monday.

How many of us used to bask  in the sun  soaked in  Johnson and Johnson Baby Oil? I remember using reflectors under my neck staring up into the sun. I never tanned, just burned yet thought my red sunburned face looked prettier/healthier than my pale complexion.  Now, I buy expensive products and treatments to rid myself of  the damage that unprotected sun worshiping  has caused.  Lucky for me, my skin was not too damaged from the sun.

Hopefully, no one is  using  J&J Baby Oil anymore or lying on in the sun with without sunscreen or a hat.   Protection is key.

Use a good Physical Sun Block under your make-up everyday and  wear protective clothing.  The sun is damaging through your car window as well as in your office.

Here are some  basic helpful tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Be proactive and lean about preventing Melanoma.

The American Academy of Dermatology provides some very useful information on detecting Melanoma.  Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers and early detection is key.  Here is the link to the website, with important information that everyone should read:

Melanoma Monday

Enjoy the Sun and Stay Healthy!!

Next Blog: How to Choose the Right Suncare Products.

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