May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Most skin cancer cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Fortunately, skin cancer is also the cancer you can see, making it one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

That’s why the Skin Cancer Foundation launched The Big See®, a campaign to inspire you to open your eyes, get to know your skin, look in the mirror and keep these 3 words in mind: NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL.

  • Keep an eye out for any NEW moles or blemishes that have surfaced.
  • Always check if your spots are CHANGING in color, shape, size, or texture.
  • Look for spots that are UNUSUAL in outline, or continuously itch, hurt, crust, or bleed for more than 3 weeks.

 Reduce Your Risk

  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing. Remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Visit and learn more about skin cancer and The Big See®.

Take Charge. Live Well!