Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Share the Facts

skin cancer awareness facts non melanoma May is the annual ‘Skin Cancer Awareness Month’ organised by the American Skin Cancer Foundation and this year, the focus is on sharing the facts about the disease.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of how to prevent, detect and treat skin cancer, which is actually the most common form of cancer in the USA and the UK. It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, which is why the event organisers are keen to promote facts about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and the importance of checking for suspicious blemishes.

6 facts about skin cancer

Skin Cancer Awareness Month are communicating wider understanding of the scale of and the issues:

  1. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and worldwide.
  2. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70.
  3. Every hour, more than 2 people die of skin cancer.
  4. If you catch skin cancer early enough, you can be A-OK
  5. Your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than 5 sunburns
  6. Regular daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces your risk of melanoma by 50%.

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9 ways you can protect your skin

Prevention is the best course of action. The Skin Cancer Awareness Month campaign suggests

  1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  2. Don’t get sunburned.
  3. Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.
  4. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  5. Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months.
  6. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  7. Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  9. See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam

More information:

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NEW #SkinCheckChallenge™

The campaign is even encouraging people to participate in raising awareness through the #SkinCheckChallenge

Let’s flood social media with a wave of people doing the #SkinCheckChallenge! Here’s how it works:

  • First, check your skin from head to toe. Look for anything new, changing or unusual.
  • Then, post a photo or video of your skin check and share it online with the hashtag #SkinCheckChallenge.
  • Share a “thumbs up” pic or get creative with our custom #SkinCheckChallenge photo booth frames. Tag us and tell us if you found anything.
  • Then, invite two friends to do it too.

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