Everyone is at risk for skin cancer - prevention is key.
Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma. To protect your skin:
- Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
- Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible, and apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
Regular skin checks play an important role in early detection and treatment of skin cancers.
Skin cancer warning signs include changes in size, shape or color of a mole or other skin lesion, the appearance of a new growth on the skin or a sore that doesn’t heal. If you notice any spots on your skin that are different from the others, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you make an appointment with your dermatologist or physician.
Learn more about skin cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, skin cancer prevention and how to complete a self-check of your skin at the Rogel Cancer Center. In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology provides a listing of free SPOTme Skin Cancer Screening events being hosted elsewhere in Michigan and throughout the nation.