Did you know that five or more sunburns increases your risk for skin cancer?
What is skin cancer and what causes it?
Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the layers of the skin. Almost all skin cancers are caused by exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight and tanning bed light. While the sun—and a tan—may make you feel better, the sun damages skin causing freckles, wrinkles, sagging and skin cancer.
Know the warning signs.
Catching skin cancer early is vital; up to 95 percent of all skin cancers can be cured if detected and treated early. A monthly self-exam is your best defense. Using a mirror, look head-to-toe for:
Most skin cancers are preventable.
Being active outdoors is an important part of living healthy, but there are ways to protect your skin when outside. UV rays can penetrate clouds, and are harmful any time of year, so practice these healthy habits winter, spring, summer and fall:
It’s never too late to begin practicing sun protection year-round. Preventing further sun damage may even help to reverse some sun damage already done.
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