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beauty May by Nouveau Medispa SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Take a moment and The incidence of skin cancer been increasing in epidemic picture the four people has proportions. Despite education you love most in the and efforts to address risk factors world. Maybe they such as poor sun protection and tanning, the rate of include your parents, indoor melanoma skin cancer your children, your doubled between spouse, a sibling, or 1982 and 2011. a best friend. Now, Thankfully, if early, consider the fact that caught skin cancer can one in five people be treated very will be diagnosed successfully. In about six with skin cancer fact, out of seven this year. It is very melanomas will be possible that you or one cured if they are found The key to prevention of those four loved ones early. and early detection of skin could be faced with this cancer is following three easy dangerous and very steps: prevent, detect, and treat. prevalent form of cancer PREVENT in the next 365 days. The most important step! Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light is the main risk factor for all types of skin cancer, and most people do not adequately protect themselves. One out of every three adults has had a sunburn in the past year. In our culture, tanned skin is seen as attractive and healthy, which can create resistance to the use of sunscreen and increase the appeal of indoor tanning. Nouveau Medispa HAC By the Downstairs Lobby 302-235-4961 www.nouveaucosmeticcenter.com Mention this article and receive 20% off any medical grade sunscreen! 34 HACHEALTHCLUB.COM To prevent exposure, wear sunscreen every day, year round, indoor or out, shade or sun. It has been estimated that regular use of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater for the first 18 years of life can reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers by 78% (we recommend SPF 30 or higher). Not all sunscreens are created equally, however, and they must be used correctly to be effective. Look for those with the following qualities: • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB sun rays) • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher • Water resistance Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours and immediately after swimming or heavy sweating. In addition to wearing sunscreen, seek shade when possible and avoid the sun during peak hours from 10 am to 4 pm, wear protective clothing, and avoid tanning beds. DETECT Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. But early detection can only occur with monthly head-totoe self-exams and annual skin screenings by a licensed medical provider. During a self-exam, be sure to have bright lighting and use both a full-length and handheld mirror so you can examine every inch of your skin. There are three main types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Melanoma. Because the appearance of each type can vary, it is important to know the early warning signs. Look for any changes, including lesions that look abnormal, are new, or stand out as the “ugly duckling” (the mole that looks different from the rest). Skin cancers can be painless, but dangerous at the same time. See a doctor right away if you notice one or more of the below characteristics. Warning Signs: • A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored • A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that: • changes color • increases in size or thickness • changes in texture • is irregular in outline • is bigger than 6mm or 1/4” (about the size of a pencil eraser) • appears after age 21 • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed • An open sore that does not heal within three weeks TREAT Treat possible precancerous and cancerous skin lesions promptly. Don’t overlook an ۸