May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s what you need to know about this treatable, and mostly preventable, disease.

The weather is starting to warm up which means it’s time to be even more vigilant when it comes to protecting your skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70. What’s more, is that two people die every hour as a result of it. Research has also indicated that cases are on the rise.

But, fortunately, if detected early the survival rate of patients is 99%. Celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Khloe Kardashian, and Andy Cohen have all had to have malignant moles or tumors removed. They are all now outspoken about their experience and encourage others to be sun safe.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer can occur when skin cells grow and multiply abnormally. They mostly develop as a result of sun exposure. This is not, however, always the case.

There are three main types of skin cancers that patients can be diagnosed with. They are:

  • Basal cell carcinoma This is one of the most common types. It is malignant but is less likely to spread and affect other parts of the body if treated early.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma Much like the basal cell variety, this common form of skin cancer is malignant but can be removed without causing too much damage if removed early.
  • Melanoma Malignant melanoma is a more aggressive form of skin cancer. If not detected and treated early, there is a risk that it can spread to other parts of the body.

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, your dermatologist will advise you on your best treatment option. This could be a standard removal or a Mohs procedure.

Is skin cancer preventable?

For the most part, it can be prevented. Wearing a broad-spectrum SPF every day, regardless of the season, is crucial. You should also reapply sunscreen every two hours for it to offer maximum protection.

Your clothing can also keep your skin shielded from the sun’s harsh rays. Wearing long and loose garments and a wide-brimmed hat to prevent damaging your skin. It’s also important to avoid sun-baking and tanning beds and to stay in the shade as much as you can.

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Wear a wide-brimmed hat to prevent damaging your skin.

The best way to prevent this type of cancer from spreading is to catch it early. That’s why regular mole checks at a dermatologist are crucial. This way, they can identify anything suspicious and take swift action to get your skin healthy again.

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This May purchase a SkinMedica® Vitalize® or Rejuvenize® peel package and receive a SkinMedica® Quartz Roller Gift Set for FREE! A $120 value.

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