Skin cancer accounts for half of all cancer cases in the United States and 10,500 deaths annually.
Ways to Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer:
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before you go outdoors even on cloudy days.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing.
- Pay attention to changes in your skin's color, texture and feeling, including itching, tenderness, pain, bleeding, oozing, scaliness or moles with irregular shapes, borders or colors.
- Perform a monthly skin cancer self-exam. See your doctor on a regular basis for skin cancer screenings.