RAPID CITY, S.D. — May is Skin Cancer Awareness month.
The consultants at Monument Health say one-in-five Americans will develop a skin cancer by the age of 70.
During this month, physicians drive dwelling the significance of getting screened for the most typical kinds of skin cancer. If you’re undecided what to look for, Monument says use the ‘Ugly Ducking Rule.’
“That signifies that all of us type of have our personal spots on our skin and a number of them seem like one another,” mentioned Dr. Kirstin Hockhausen, a Dermatologist of Monument Health. “But when now we have that one spot that stands out, it catches my eye. It’s catching your neighbor’s eye. That’s the “Ugly Duckling” spot and that’s one thing that must be evaluated.”
With summer time approaching, Dr. Hockhausen strongly recommends placing on sunscreen, a minimum of SPF 30. She additionally recommends protecting clothes, together with hats or lengthy sleeves through the summer time.
However, Dr. Hockhausen says even in case you’re not within the solar so much, it’s necessary to take a look at areas of your physique you wouldn’t suspect.
“There undoubtedly is, you realize, trying for these altering spots, rising spots, and you’ll’t assume as a result of that has by no means seen solar, that it’s not a skin cancer,” Dr. Hockhausen mentioned.
Dr. Hockhausen additionally recommends:
- If you’re out and about, search shade.
- Looking out for sores that aren’t therapeutic and preserve scabbing over for two to 4 weeks.
- When moles, look at the ABC’s of Melanoma.