Skin Cancer – Know the Facts

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. Skin cancer is caused by overexposure to ultraviolet light (UV). Ultraviolet light comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. Exposure to UV light can cause sunburn, changes in skin texture, premature aging of the skin, and skin cancer.

You are at greater risk for skin cancer if you have:

  • A lighter skin color
  • Skin that burns, freckles or reddens easily
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Large number of moles
  • Family or personal history of skin cancer

Symptoms of skin cancer:

Changes in your skin are the most common symptom of skin cancer such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in a mole.
Speak with your physician if you notice changes in your skin.

Protection from UV rays:

  • Stay in shaded areas
  • Wear a wide brim hat
  • Wear long sleeves and pants
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) reapply every two hours when in the sun and after swimming or sweating
  • Avoid tanning beds

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