Take Care of Your Skin for National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone—young or old, and regardless of skin tone—can get skin cancer, so it is important for everyone to learn how to keep your skin healthy and cancer-free. Melanoma, is a serious form of cancer that arises from the melanocytes in your skin—these are what produce your skin color. This form of cancer often appears as a mole or brown spot. Melanoma is curable in its early stages; however, it is still the deadliest form of skin cancer. About 76,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma annually. Overall skin cancer is highly preventable, so following these steps is crucial to protecting yourself from this disease. Sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 should be applied daily, particularly if you plan to be in the sun all day. Avoid getting tans and sunburns, and remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming. Make sure to wear a hat and sunglasses when it is especially hot and sunny, and seek out shady spots to cool off and stay out of direct sunlight. These simple tips alone can help to prevent skin cancer and to keep you looking and feeling your best during the summer!

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