May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month May 6, 2014 General Share This Article It is getting warmer outside and turning from spring to summer very quickly…its almost Memorial Day, where many people will spend the weekend lounging by the pool, at the beach or cooking BBQ! Along with all fun in the sun that summer brings, it also brings sunburns. Sunburns may seem like just a temporary irritation, but can cause serious permanent damage, especially over time. Sunburns can lead to premature aging, sunspots and skin cancer. Children are especially vulnerable to sunburns, as their skin is very delicate and sensitive. To create awareness for skin cancer including prevention, signs and symptoms, the Skin Cancer Foundation has an assortment of information listed on their website with various subjects and links to resources. Interested in skin cancer prevention? Here are a few tips: Seek the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm, which are the peak hours for sun exposure Do not burn. If you see that your skin is turning slightly pink, get out of the sun! Avoid sun tanning and UV tanning booths Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, every day Examine your skin head to toe monthly for any changes in texture, color or abnormal skin spots See your physician yearly for a professional skin exam The sun is an important aspect of maintaining overall health; it does assistour bodies in the production of vitamin D and its warmth can relax us mentally and boost our spirits. But remember, as with all good things, moderation to sunlight exposure is important. If you notice any abnormal spots, varying texture or changes in birthmarks, contact your physician as soon as possible. Early detection of possible skin cancer is key. Wanting to make a change in your future? Are you interested in a meaningful career in healthcare? Contact Arizona College today to learn more about our Allied Health degree and diploma programs offered at our Glendale and Mesa campuses.