Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May: Protect Your Skin

May 4, 2022

According to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is one of the most common cancer types. Further statistics from CDC show that approximately 5 million skin cancer cases are diagnosed in the United States annually. Data released by the American Cancer Society in 2021 shows that 100 350 people were diagnosed with skin cancer in 2020, and 6850 died. May is a month set aside to create awareness of skin cancer, especially melanoma.

Types

There are two significant categories of skin cancer, and these are melanoma and non-melanoma cancer:

  1. Melanoma cancer is a dangerous type of skin cancer and is commonly referred to as bad skin cancer. While it only accounts for 1 percent of skin cancer cases, it is the leading cause of death related to skin cancer.
  2. Non-melanoma cancer refers to a type of skin cancer that is often less life-threatening and easier to treat but can be severe. There are two types under this category: Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Causes

The leading cause of skin cancer has been identified as unprotected exposure to Sun’s ultraviolet rays though other causes exist. Genetics, for instance, plays a role in skin cancer development since 10% of people diagnosed with melanoma have some genetic disposition. Other causes are:

  • Having fair skin
  • Many abnormal moles
  • Family history of skin cancer

How to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

The following are some of the few ways you can protect yourself from skin cancer:

  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Put on sunscreen after every 2 hours and after swimming.
  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm.
  • Check your skin regularly.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with an SPF higher than 15 and;
  • Report any unusual changes in your skin to the doctor.

Skin Cancer Awareness Final Thoughts

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancer types, and the good news is that it is treatable when detected early. Our dermatological specialists provide the finest skin treatments for all ages, from cosmetic to medical dermatology. Remember to routinely visit your Tampa Dermatologist (Bay Dermatology and Surgery) for skin checkups. Voted Tampa’s number one Dermatologist for three years in a row, you can trust our experienced dermatologist with over 30 years of experience to deliver the best service for the health and beauty of your skin.

For dermatological services,  Contact us today at (727)-585-8591 to book an appointment!

 

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