Get ready for Summer: May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month
Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
Now is the time to get ready for summer fun. Skin Cancer affects everyone. Sun exposure has been linked with melanoma and skin cancer. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from the sun and potentially protect yourself from skin cancers.
- Always wear sunscreen on any part of your body that is exposed to the sun: your face, your ears, the top of your head, the back of your neck and your arms and legs.
- Sunscreen can wear off as you perspire or swim. Remember to reapply.
- Wear a hat. A hat with a brim of at least 4" will protect your face, ears and the back of your neck. A baseball cap will shield your face, but will not protect your ears nor the back of your neck.
Skin Cancer refers to a group of cancers that form on the surface of the skin but can spread to below the skin's surface and to other parts of the body. If you have a
mole that has changed its appearance or a sore that won't heal or bleeds, it's important to get it checked out right away.
Early detection offers the best possible chance for successful treatment.
Learn more about treatment programs at The Cancer Center at BIDMC for
skin cancer and