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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Summer is just around the corner so now is a good time to become educated about Melanoma and Skin Cancer and what to do to prevent it.

Most cases of skin cancer and melanoma are caused by excessive exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation and also can come from tanning booths and sunlamps. Other risk factors include moles or a family history of melanoma.

Warning signs of melanoma are:

  • A skin growth that increases in size and looks pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, red, pink, or multicolored.
  • A mole that changes in color or in texture, becomes irregular in
    shape, gets larger, or is bigger than a pencil eraser.
  • A spot or growth that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode,
    or bleed.
  • An open sore that lasts for more than 4 weeks, or heals and then
    reopens.
  • A scaly or crusty bump that is itchy, dry, and rough and may
    produce a pricking or tender sensation.

There are ways to prevent and protect your skin against unnecessary
exposure.

To protect yourself:

  • Seek shade under a tree, umbrella or shelter
  • Cover up with light-weight clothing
  • Wear a hat to protect your face, scalp, ears and neck
  • Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently with a sun protection
    factor (SPF) of at least 15
  • Wear sunglasses that deter UV rays

Should you have any concerns or questions, contact your health care provider for assistance.

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