Some people think that skin cancer is no big deal. I’m here to tell you that’s definitely not the case. Skin cancer is very serious and the implications of developing such forms of cancer can be life-threatening at times. Just around the corner is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and if you’re not taking action to prepare your skin to protect it daily, then you’re doing it all wrong. There’s no time better than right now to take action against the development of skin cancer.
Here’s what you need to know about skin cancer and how to best protect yourself on the sunny days…
Tips For Skin Cancer Awareness Month This Upcoming May
There’s no doubt about it, May is the month that people come out of their shell. They tend to spend as much time as possible outdoors. The sunny walks at during lunch, the trips to the mountains, parks, and beaches as well as lots of grilling. All of these activities increase the caution of developing skin cancer, which is likely why May has been named awareness month.
If you don’t think that it’s a big deal, THINK AGAIN.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is actually the most common form that people are diagnosed with today.
The statistics are crazy. There are typically one in five Americans that end up with a diagnosing of skin cancer during their life.
Want to know what one of the biggest risks are with regards to developing skin cancer? It’s the use of tanning beds and the excessive exposure to UV rays that is perhaps the reason people are at greater risk.
There are five million cancer cases that are newly defined each year. Prevention plays a huge role here and if you’re sitting in the tanning beds on a regular basis or leaving your house without applying sunscreen then you’re putting yourself at greater risk than the rest.
Before getting into the various types of skin cancer and what to look for, I’d like to break down just how easy it is to prevent the development of skin cancer.
Rule #1: Wear sunscreen every single day.
Rule #2: Reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Rule #3: Wear UV shield shirts.
Rule #4: Don’t forget to wear a cap.
Do all these things daily and you’ll drastically reduce the chances of developing skin cancer during your lifetime.
Now, as for the different forms of skin cancer here’s what you need to know and what to look for…
Basal Cell Carcinoma – This is perhaps the most common type of skin cancer and it mainly develops in people with light skin. Be on the lookout for a bump or patch of skin that is flesh colored. It’s often found on your extremities as well as the head and neck region. The main culprit, tanning indoors and unprotected sun exposure.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma – This is the second most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer. Again, people with light skin tend to develop this more than others. This form of cancer typically shows up as a scaly looking patch or a sore that’s red. It often heals then opens up again. People develop this on their ears, neck, and other areas. Getting this diagnosed early can reduce the chances of spreading.
Melanoma – This is a life-threatening form of skin cancer and it typically shows up looking like a mole or a dark spot on your skin. If you see this, do not wait, get professional help as quickly as possible. If you see things begin to develop that are asymmetrical, has a strange border, varies in color, is the size of the head of a pencil eraser and is changing in color as well as size, then be worried and seek help.
Actinic Keratoses – This is the last type of skin cancer which is actually a precancerous development. It happens mostly after you turn 40 and it’s due to being exposed to the sun over the years.
I guess my point is that it’s possible to prevent the development of skin cancer, just put forth the effort to prevent it and you’ll be in that much of a better position.
See also: Caitlyn Jenner’s Skin Cancer Removal