More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. You can take proactive steps to greatly reduce your chances of getting it.
“More people are beginning to understand the health hazards caused by overexposure to the sun. In addition to skin damage, you are increasing the chance of developing even more serious problems such as skin cancer,” said Bayhealth Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator, Paula Hess, MSN, RN, OCN.
Hess says the key is to stay aware of the warning signs and reduce your risk factors:
- Freckles may seem innocent but are actually a sign of damage and should be watched closely for changes. Other warning signs include new moles or changes in size, shape, color or feel of existing moles, a red or darker colored flakey patch, or a sore that does not heal. If you see any of these warnings signs, get them checked!
- Reduce your exposure to the sun. Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen when you’re out in the sunshine even during the cooler months.
- Some risk factors are not related to sun exposure. For example, improperly fitted glasses may cause chronic skin irritation that over time could lead to changes that may develop into certain types of skin cancer.
- Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit 12 times the ultraviolet light emitted by the sun. Tanning bed use is a confirmed risk factor for the most deadly type of skin cancer.
Bayhealth Medical Center will provide free skin cancer screenings on the upcoming dates:
- Friday, November 11, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 737 S. Queen St., Suite 1, Dover.
- Monday, November 14, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Cancer Center at Bayhealth – Milford Memorial Hospital, 21 W. Clarke Avenue, Milford.
Pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 744-6752 or (302) 430-5064.