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Self-Examination for skin cancer.

  1. Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then right and left sides arms raised.
  2. Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms and upper underarms and palms.
  3. Look at the back of the legs and feet; space between toes and sole.
  4. Examine back of neck and scalp with a mirror.  Part hair for a closer look.
  5. Check back and buttocks with a hand mirror.
Most of the more than 1 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States are considered to be sun-related. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for about 59,600 cases of skin cancer in 2005 and most (about 7,800) of the 10,600 deaths due to skin cancer each year.

Sun Safety – UV Radiation given off by the sun is extremely harmful

Here is a list of thing to do to lessen the risk of getting skin cancer.

  1. Do not sunbathe.
  2. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the peak hours for harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  3. When outdoors, use sunscreens rated 15 SPF of higher.  Apply them liberally, uniformly and frequently.
  4. When exposed to sunlight, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, broad brimmed hats, and UV-protective sunglasses.
  5. Stay away from artificial tanning devices.
  6. Teach your children good sun protection habits at an early age:  The damage that leads to adult skin cancers starts in childhood.
  7. Examine your skin head to toe at least once every three months.