Practice Safe Sun
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and May 4 is Melanoma Monday. As you head outdoors for warmer weather and fresh air amid shelter-in-place measures, Dr. Danny encourages you to #PracticeSafeSun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and unprotected UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
You can reduce your risk by:
Seeking shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wearing sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible.
Applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing. Remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
In addition, since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, at Chicago Skin Clinic we encourage you to perform regular skin self-exams using the ABCDEs of melanoma. If you notice any new spots on your skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, contact us to schedule an appointment. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, your our doctors can examine the spot via telemedicine to determine if it needs to be tested or removed.