Understanding Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer.

It’s also one of the most curable. Fair-skinned people are most at risk because their bodies produce only small amounts of melanin, the protective skin pigment.

KNOW THE RISK FACTORSseniors-skin-cancer

  • prolonged exposure to sunlight
  • excessive X-rays

SYMPTOMS OF SKIN CANCER

  • any skin growth that increases in size, itches, hurts, scabs or bleeds
  • an open sore or wound that won’t heal or reopens
  • pigment change in a mole

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Cover your skin with clothing and a hat.
  • Use sun screen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.
  • Avoid unnecessary X-rays.

 

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