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Protect Your Skin and Spread Awareness: Join Steward in Observing Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and at Steward we are committed to spreading knowledge about the dangers of skin cancer and encouraging proactive measures to protect your skin. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than six million cases diagnosed annually. Despite its prevalence, it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, making awareness and education crucial.

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Appearing usually as a bump or growth that may bleed or crust over, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer. These types of skin cancer appear on parts of the skin frequently exposed to the sun and are often caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Melanoma is the more serious type of skin cancer, especially if not detected early, and the American Cancer Society projects over 8,000 people will die from this form of cancer in 2024. Appearing as a dark, irregularly shaped mole or spot on the skin, this life-threatening type of skin cancer can appear on parts of the body that are not typically exposed to the sun even though it is also caused by exposure to UV radiation.

Exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds is one of the most significant risk factors for skin cancer, making it essential to protect your skin. Wearing protective clothing, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, seeking shade during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and avoiding tanning beds, can significantly reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

In addition to preventative measures, early detection is key in successfully treating skin cancer. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, but early detection can increase the survival rate. Therefore, it’s critical to remain aware of changes in your skin and to seek medical attention if you notice any suspicious moles or spots, or changes in the size, shape, or color of existing moles and spots.

During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we have the opportunity to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and the importance of prevention and early detection. By working together to take proactive steps, seek medical care if needed, and spread awareness, we can reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

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