So my dad passed away from Melanoma in December and I’ve been doing some research about how to protect myself and my family’s skin from the sun; and wanted to share with you, to hopefully help you as well! I know with Spring Break coming up for some, this is the perfect time! ☀️
1. Prevention- wear your sunscreen!!! Everyday!! No matter where you are, even being inside, still apply it! Helpful hint: check the UV index every day, they have nice apps that do it for you and will alert you when it reaches a specific number.
- Protection includes wearing sunscreen (of course)
- Hat with a 4 inch brim
- Specific SPF clothing
- Seek shade when you can
- Do not burn ( Your risk of developing Melanoma doubles if you have had more than 5 sunburns).
- At all costs AVOID sun tanning booths.
3. Be aware- what should you look for in a mole:
- A – Asymmetry (irregular shape)
- B – Border (irregular border)
- C – Color (multiple colors)
- D – Diameter (>6mm in diameter)
- E – Evolving (change in size, shape and color)
** If you have a family history of skin cancer, consult a dermatologist to have a skin exam every year or every 6 months.
Please educate yourself and check out these websites:
Take care and blessings to you all!