Don't Get Caught in the Dark: Early Detection is Key in Preventing Skin Cancer

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Did you know May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? While sunshine and warm weather are welcome, it's a crucial reminder to be proactive about protecting your skin. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting millions of people every year.  The good news? Early detection is key to successful treatment.

Why Early Detection Matters

Skin cancer, when caught early, is highly treatable.  Regular skin checks and awareness of changes in your moles and birthmarks can make all the difference.  Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, can progress rapidly, so vigilance is essential.

Shining a Light on Prevention

Sun safety is your best defense against skin cancer. Here are some tips to minimize your risk:

Seek shade: Especially during peak sun hours (10 am - 4 pm).

Slip on protective clothing: Cover up with long sleeves, pants, and wide-brimmed hats.

Slap on broad-spectrum sunscreen: Use SPF 30 or higher, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

Seek shade for your eyes: Wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays.

Become Your Own Skin Detective

Perform regular self-exams, checking your entire body for any changes in moles or birthmarks.  The ABCDE method can be a helpful guide:

Asymmetry: Does one half of the mole look different from the other?

Border: Are the borders irregular or blurry?

Color: Is there a change in color, with multiple colors within the mole?

Diameter: Has the mole grown larger than 6 millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser)?

Evolving: Has the mole changed in shape, size, or color?

Schedule Your Annual Skin Checkup

Don't wait for symptoms to appear! You can get a full-body skin exam at your annual visit with us.  We perform a thorough check and discuss any concerns you may have.

Taking Charge of Your Skin Health

At Johnson Family Medical, we prioritize your well-being.  We offer comprehensive skin cancer screenings and are dedicated to helping you stay sun-safe and healthy.  Schedule your appointment today and take charge of your skin health!

Let's make early detection a habit. Together, we can shine a light on skin cancer awareness.

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