Melanoma Awareness Month is in May
May is Melanoma Awareness Month. As we find ourselves staying at home, many of us have ventured to the great outdoors to enjoy the sunshine of the new season. While we enjoy the sunshine we would like you to be sun safe because did you know 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer? You don’t need to have a family history of skin cancer to be concerned and all skin types are at risk. We can take actions to prevent this.
Sun safe strategies include wearing sun protection like a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, dark colored long sleeve tops and pants; apply broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher; and seek shade often.
Also, use the UV index daily just like checking the daily weather forecast. Provide shade when possible with portable pop up tents for outings or in your backyard. Be extra careful around surfaces that reflect the sun’s rays like concrete, sand, and water. Reduce your exposure to the sun from 10am-4pm when UV rays are strongest and most damaging.
For more tips on how to be sun safe, please visit www.takeactionagainstcancer.com
Health Education Promotions Coordinator
Community Cancer Prevention in Action
of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties