Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Pharmacy

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Right before summer activities ramp up is a good time to be reminded that UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Protect yourself from the sun every time you are outdoors. Seek shade, wear protective clothing, and use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30+ to reduce your risk. Stop by your Lewis Pharmacy to stock up on sunscreen or if you have any questions.

Melanoma

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. It is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, almost 9,500 people are diagnosed daily. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Sadly, nearly 20 American die from Melanoma every day. Most cases of melanoma are attributable to UV exposure from the sun.

Risk Factors

Everyone is at risk of skin cancer regardless of age, gender or race. Your skin needs protection from the sun in order to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can reach your skin. Plus, water, sand and even snow can reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays.

Prevention

Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life. First and foremost, don’t skimp on sunscreen! Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, water-resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your ears, neck, hands, feet and lips. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. You should also wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses with UV protection. Plus, it is smart to seek shade, especially from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.

For more information on Skin Cancer Awareness Month, sunscreen or other preventative measures, stop by your local Lewis Pharmacy and talk to one of our experts.

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