While we at VictoriaLand Beauty love to have fun and enjoy all that life has to offer, when it comes to skin cancer prevention it is time to be serious! Despite the regular reminders of life saving tips and guidelines recommended to keep us safe, this horrific disease is still being diagnosed in more than 9,500 people a day in the U.S. according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The truth is that skin cancers are almost always curable when found and removed early. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month so, as we prepare for summer break and plenty of outdoor time, let’s take a minute and freshen up our skin cancer fighting defenses.
UV Light is the Enemy: Whether it’s from the sun, or artificially made from tanning beds, avoiding exposure to UV light is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. SPF 30 or higher every time you go outside. Just do it.
Notice Changes: Moles and other skin lesions that develop a different size, shape, texture or color are suspect and should be evaluated by a professional. New growths or sores that don’t heal are other causes for concern. Use a hand-mirror to check the hard to reach spots behind your ears, shoulders and neck. Don’t forget between your toes, between your fingers and your underarms when doing a self-exam. And get a blow dryer involved when you check your scalp so you can expose each section to view. Take your time, do it right.
Know Your History: While performing skin self-exams are recommended, if you have a history of melanoma in your family then you have to go one step further and get an annual full-body exam by a board-certified dermatologist. Even if you don’t have a family history but are regularly exposed to the sun, an annual exam should be a must on your to-do list.
Be Vigilant About Your Kids: They might whine and complain about the multiple reapplications that you insist on but stick to your guns. Severe sunburns during childhood can increase the risk of melanoma.