Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, and rates continue to rise by 2-4% each year. In the US alone, one in every five will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.1
Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. If caught early, a dermatologist can treat skin cancer with little or no scarring and high odds of eliminating it for good.
What causes skin cancer?
More than 90% of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun, and getting sunburned more than five times doubles the risk of developing it.2 As we move into the sunnier summer months, we must protect our skin against harmful UV rays.
How to protect against skin cancer:
- Wear a high-SPF sunscreen.
- Avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 3pm.
- Avoid tanning beds.
Despite the pandemic keeping many of us separated, we can still unite against skin cancer and help save lives. Join us and #SharetheFacts for Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May.
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1. British Skin Foundation. Are you at risk of skin cancer? https://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/are-you-at-risk-of-skin-cancer. Accessed 6 April 2021.
2. Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Accessed 6 April 2021.