Did you know there are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States?
Therefore, skin cancer is America’s most common type of cancer.
Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers. By sharing facts about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and encouraging people to check their skin for warning signs, we can and will save lives.
Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a time for us to speak up about the dangers of skin cancer, share the facts and help save lives.
Your Daily Sun ProtectioN Guide
The sun is such a life sustaining tool, plus it feels good, but it can also be our skin’s worst enemy. Each time you get a sunburn, you actually increase your risk of skin cancer. It’s not just those days at the beach, lake, pool or ballgame that can cause trouble. Each time you run out to get the mail, walk the dog or commute to work without sun protection also adds to the damage that can lead to skin cancer (as well as leathery skin, dark spots and wrinkles).
Unfortunatley, no single method of sun defense can protect you perfectly. The best path to beautiful, healthy skin is to adopt as many of these steps below as possible into your lifestyle. Make them part of your daily habits everywhere you go, all year long.
- Cover it up
- Play in the shade
- Know your sunscreen
- Shield the wee ones
- Look out for windows
- Say no to tanning beds
- Early detection
- Skin cancer awareness toolkit
A risk factor is anything that increases your likelihood of developing a disease like cancer. When it comes to skin cancer risk factors, there are several that can contribute to the development of this disease. Fortunately, many of these risks can be addressed by you.
The following factors increase your skin cancer risk:
- Indoor tanning
- Skin type
- Unprotected exposure to UVA & UVB rays
- Atypical moles
- Organ transplant
The following can help decrease your skin cancer risk:
- Daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15+
- Use of sun protective clothing, UV-blocking sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats
- Seeking the shade whenever possible
- Protective window film in your car and home
- Annual skin exams with your physician
- Monthly self-exams
- A healthy diet
Skin cancer awareness starts with YOU. This social media toolkit gives you downloadable skin cancer graphics and resources to help you #SharetheFacts during Skin Cancer Awareness Month and all year long.
Let’s come together to educate more people about the dangers of skin cancer and help save lives. We’re grateful for everything you do to help spread the word!
Be sure to tag us @SkinCancerFoundation on Facebook and LinkedIn, and @SkinCancerOrg on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. Hashtag #ThisIsSkinCancer, #SharetheFacts and/or #SkinCheckChallenge.
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