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Sunscreen Day

May 27 is Sunscreen Day!

There are over 1 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each and every year. Sunscreen Day was introduced with the intent of educating and raising awareness about the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

The end of May kicks off the official start of summer and the vacationing season, so it is the perfect time of year to remind people about wearing sunscreen. Leaving your skin exposed to the sun is the foundation for a variety of health problems, including sunspots, premature aging, and cancer.

Medical professionals all over the globe fervently advocate the use of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Remember to reapply every two hours and after you have been swimming. Summer is supposed be the most enjoyable time of the year, so please remember to protect yourself and your skin by lathering on the sunscreen.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Punchbowl

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Melanoma Monday

The American Academy of Dermatology has designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday. In 2013, Melanoma Monday is on May 6.

Melanoma Monday is part of a national effort to raise skin cancer awareness among Americans. People are encouraged to get an examination of their skin to screen for cancer, as early detection has been instrumental in saving lives. Wear orange on Melanoma Monday to help spread skin cancer awareness.

The scary, but true reality is that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with a form of skin cancer at some point in their life. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in America, and melanoma (the deadliest form) is most often found in 25 to 29 year olds.

Despite these frightening statistics, there are steps you can take to protect yourself against skin cancer. If you have to be outside between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (the time of day when the sun is strongest), seek out shade when available and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and the top of your head. Wear a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunblock that contains an SPF of 30 or more, and be sure to reapply every two hours.

Sources: AAD, Altius Directory

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