May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
On this cold, cloudy day with damp rain and temperatures in the 50’s, it seems strange to be talking about sun exposure. But Memorial Weekend is here, and it’s certainly sunny somewhere!
Weather dependent, the beaches will be packed this holiday weekend, along with the risks of overexposure to the sun. Be aware – use sun protection and sun safety practices!
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.3 million people are diagnosed annually. Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. The risk increases the more time we spend outdoors in the sun.
Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early.