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Sun Safety Tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect time to discover ways to employ sun safety. By learning about the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer, it becomes easier to spread awareness and take preventative measures.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect time to discover ways to employ sun safety. By learning about the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer, it becomes easier to spread awareness and take pr

The best form of sun protection is complete avoidance of sunshine but that is not realistic. The human body requires moderate levels of Vitamin D, and sunshine is beneficial for overall health. However, excessive quantities of harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays produced by the sun have been known to cause skin damage in the form of cancer (melanoma).

Skin cancer can affect just about everyone, even people with darker skin like mine. At its best, skin cancer can be treated by removing the cancerous growth along with the surrounding tissue. At its worst, skin cancer may shorten a person’s life. Skin cancer protection is possible and begins with awareness.

Follow these sun safety tips to maintain skin health:

#1: Get Stylish with Hats and Shades

During outdoor activities, limit sun exposure by finding shaded areas and by wearing hats with a wide brim to protect the face, and by wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes.

#2: Avoid Sunburn

Severe burns that occur as young children and teens have been linked to later skin cancer. Avoid baking in the sun because a sunburn is the body’s reaction to radiation received through UV rays.

#3: Kick the Bed and Spray the Tan

Tanning beds can produce more damaging UV rays than the actual sun and have been directly linked to skin cancer. If a tan is desired, it is becoming popular to use a spray tan which produces the desired healthy glow of tanned skin without the deadly risks of UV rays.

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#4: Use sunscreen

Sunscreen should be applied to exposed skin when venturing outdoors for full sun protection. Sunscreen comes in different levels of effectiveness and when used in combination with layered clothing, a hat, and sunglasses will protect your skin from becoming damaged by the sun.

#5: Self Exam

Know your body. Be aware of a new mole, an unusual growth, or a sore that is slow to heal. Most skin issues are benign, but to be sure that all is well, it is best to schedule an appointment with a licensed physician. Doctor visits should be scheduled annually to stay on top of any concerns.

#6: Visit a Dermatologist

If your doctor finds something questionable upon examination, he/she may recommend that you visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a skin doctor who is expert in the field of skin cancer and will be able to diagnose a clean bill of health or malignancy.

When caught in its early stages, skin cancer can be removed. Problems arise when time is allowed to pass and the cancer spreads to other areas of the body. Once cancer is allowed to progress, this can shorten life expectancy.

During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, teach your friends, family, and co-workers about sun safety. Lead by example and help others realize the seriousness of skin cancer. Understand how easy it is to take preventative action and how important it is to schedule annual doctor visits.

Do you have any more sun safety tips to share?

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

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