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 FACTORS
- 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.