This May, we are celebrating Skin Cancer Awareness Month, giving you information on this disease, as well as tips on how to prevent it.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually, with 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. There are more cases of skin cancer than breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer combined. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risks of getting skin cancer.
Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop cell carcinoma.
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Densely woven and bright or dark colored fabrics can be one of the most effective forms of sun protection.
Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. In a full-length mirror, inspect your skin. Start with your head and face, using a blow dryer to check your scalp.
See your physician every year for a professional skin exam. Regular total body checkups are the best way to make sure your skin is healthy and stays that way.
Skin cancer is a battle that Motivational and Cancer Awareness speaker Donna Hartley knows very well. On March 1, 2002, she was diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma and today is cancer free. She is an active spokesperson for cancer awareness.
Today, this courageous cancer survivor ignites her audience with firepower to awaken their untapped potential and master change in their lives. For more than two decades she has captivated audiences worldwide with straight talk, vision and wisdom based strategies to master life’s challenges.
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To learn more about skin cancer awareness, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website at https://www.skincancer.org/