PROTECTING YOUR SKIN: SKIN CANCER & MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH

May is dedicated to raising awareness about skin cancer and melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

May is dedicated to raising awareness about skin cancer and melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. This month, we focus on essential practices to protect all skin types, especially vulnerable skin.

If you have sensitive or vulnerable skin, shielding yourself from the sun is crucial. Wearing lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and broad-brimmed hats can significantly reduce your exposure. Opt for tightly woven fabrics that offer better protection against the sun’s rays.

Concerns about sunscreen are common, whether they’re about ingredients or effectiveness. Here are some best practices to ensure you’re getting the most protection:

Choose Broad-Spectrum: Look for sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection to guard against both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF Matters: Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Remember, a higher SPF offers more protection but must be reapplied regularly.

Apply Generously: Many people do not use enough sunscreen. As a rule of thumb, use about one ounce (enough to fill a shot glass) to cover all exposed skin.

Reapply Frequently: Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or more often if you are swimming or sweating.

Awareness is the first step toward prevention. This May, take action to protect your skin and encourage others to do the same. Remember, early detection through regular skin checks plays a critical role in treating skin cancer effectively. Let’s stay sun-safe together!

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