Skin Cancer Awareness Month -Find Out Which Household Items Can Help Detect Skin Cancer


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and despite sunscreen sales being higher than ever before so are skin cancer rates,  more than two million Americans each year are diagnosed, a number that is rising rapidly. The good news  is it’s also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.

No matter where you live or how dark your skin is, you are vulnerable to skin cancer if you spend any time exposed to UV rays; whether they’re from the sun or from tanning beds. Along with taking preventative measures, the best way to prevent the threat of skin cancer is early prevention.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self examination. If you spot anything suspicious, see a doctor.

What you’ll need: a bright light, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, 2 chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body maps and a pencil.

Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view.skin cancer face check
Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose hairdryer skin cancer check hair awareness montheach section to view. Get a friend or family member to help, if you can.
Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers and hands skin cancer awarenessunder the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both front and back of your forearms.
Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and under arm melanoma check skin cancerscan all sides of your upper arms. Don’t forget the underarms
Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the underside.
With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.
Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the feet toes skin cancer sun burn uvhand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels.
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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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2 Responses to Skin Cancer Awareness Month -Find Out Which Household Items Can Help Detect Skin Cancer

  1. shez says:

    Thanks for sharing this information!

  2. lifetoall says:

    Reblogged this on asklindaraywellnesscoaching and commented:
    Be proactive, practice safe sunning. . . Sun exposure, early in the morning. . . later in the evening. Yes, you need your vitamin D, supplement with a good fish oil. Your skin will be glad you did!

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