May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As summer approaches and you are taking care of your body with exercise and good nutrition, be sure to also take care of your skin. May is melanoma and skin cancer awareness month. Here in Florida especially, we are exposed to harmful sun rays on a daily basis. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Tanning is directly carcinogenic so it is very important to protect your skin when you are enjoying outdoor activities.  Here are some basic tips for protecting yourself:

  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher, every day
  • Try to avoid peak sunlight
  • If you’re going to be out in the sun, in addition to sunscreen, seek shade when possible
  • Wear hats, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing

Have your skin checked yearly by a dermatologist. And keep tabs on any changes to your skin. Follow the ABCDEs when checking moles.

  • A = Asymmetry
  • B = Border
  • C = Color
  • D = Diameter
  • E = Evolution

CBS This Morning news anchor Norah O’Donnell was extremely fortunate to have her doctor catch her melanoma diagnosis very early, possibly saving her life. She tells her story in the June issue of Good Housekeeping.  You can click here to read more about her story, risk factors, and recommendations for screening and protecting yourself.