Cancer is a scary word. It’s a word and a concept that’s so devastating that most of us, when we hear it, simply can’t wrap our heads around the idea that it can happen to us. For a lot of us that means simply burying our heads in the sands, continuing on our merry way and not thinking too much about it. But you know what? It’s time to #KissCancerGoodbye for everyone, and it takes more information to start.
According to experts at skincancer.org:
1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer.
3,000 people die a year from Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer.
Men, ages 15-39 are 55% more likely to die of melanoma than women!
More people develop skin cancer from tanning beds than people develop lung cancer from smoking
These are the scary facts about the rate at which skin cancer is affecting people in the U.S. And this is the point where people usually disassociate from the problem and start rationalizing.
Self-care tips to #KissCancerGoodbye
We all like to, and need to, take care of ourselves better, and here are some generally good skin and self-care tips that’ll reduce the risk of cancer, and make your skin feel better!
Learn to love the shade, at least during midday hours.
Protect your face, ears, head, and neck with a wide brimmed hat that makes shade portable!
Work sunscreen into your daily routine, there are even foundations out there that you can use that contain a sunscreen.
Don’t go tanning!
Don’t neglect your sun protection just because summer is coming to a close, skin care and sun protection is a yearlong adventure!
Get your skin cancer screening by calling your dermatologist and scheduling an appointment today. Know how to check yourself regularly for irregular marks between appointments.