With the beautiful weather and summertime only a month away, everyone is spending more time outdoors which means more time in the sun. In celebration of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the Energy Corridor District offers helpful hints to protect you and your family from skin cancer:
- Always use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
- Use the correct amount of sunscreen. It’s recommended that you apply 2 tablespoons to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
- Try to stay in the shade between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. which are peak sun times
- Cover yourself. Wear protective clothing including hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Avoid tanning and tanning beds. You don’t want to burn your skin and damage cells.
Do self skin checks. Every month, examine your skin from head-to-toe to see if you have any suspicious looking growths. Remember to look for the ABC’s of skin cancer.
- Asymmetry, where one half looks different from the other.
- Border irregularity. The edges are irregular or blurred.
- Color. Look for variations in the coloring
- Diameter. It should not be bigger than 6mm or the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving. The mole has changed since your last check.
In addition to these easy tips, visit your doctor for annual skin checks and make sure to point out anything you are concerned about. Wishing you and your family a fun and safe summer season!