Skin Cancer Resources
Summer's here so drink up!
Drinking water has many benefits, and if you live in a hot climate it’s even more important to stay hydrated. For more information on cancer, read this flyer.
Save Your Skin
Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the U.S. Everyone – no matter their age, whatever their skin color – is at risk for skin cancer. Whether we’re having fun or putting in a hard day’s work, spending time outdoors can expose us to the dark side of the sun. The bright side is, that while skin cancer is the most common, it’s also one of the most treatable. The key is knowing it when you see it to help with early diagnosis and treatment. Or, better yet, preventing it in the first place. For more information on cancer, read this flyer.
Most skin cancers are preventable
Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancer in the United States. Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of sun exposure, skin cancer – particularly melanoma, the deadliest form – continues to take the lives of too many loved ones. Many of the more than 5 million skin cancer cases diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting the skin from extended sun exposure. People with light skin who burn easily face the greatest risk; however, skin cancer affects people of all races, skin colors, and ages. Early detection is the key to effective treatment and, in some cases, maybe the difference between life and death.
Sun Exposure & Skin Cancer
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people of color use a broad-spectrum sunscreen having an SPF of at least 30 and look for ingredients that block harmful ultraviolet rays, such as zinc oxide. “When you re-enter the pool or ocean, always reapply your sunscreen,” says Dr. Likhari.
"Not any longer," says dermatologist Isabella Gyening , M.D., F.A.A.D. "In the past, skin cancer was most commonly associated with those 50 or older, but there has been a scary shift to increasingly younger patients, including some in their 20s."