May Is Skin Cancer Detection And Prevention Month

The Westchester County Health Department and American Academy of Dermatology have the guidelines to keep you safe in the sun.

The sun is finally coming out, and aside from golf outings and outdoor dining, that means it’s time for a skin cancer self-examination.  May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and the Westchester County Health Department recommends you check your entire body for spots that could be a warning sign, as instructed in the picture below. 

The Department says you should take note of all spots—including moles, freckles, and age spots—when doing your head-to-toe examination.

Experts advise you check your body in the mirror—front and back, then the left and right sides—with your arms raised. Use a hand mirror to examine the back of your neck and scalp, parting your hair for an up-close look at the scalp. Bend your elbows and look carefully at the forearms, back of upper arms, and palms. Check your backside with a hand mirror, and finally, scan the back of your legs, feet, soles, and even the spaces between your toes.

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In addition to regular self-examinations, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests wearing sunscreen and lip balm every day to block potentially cancer-causing UV radiation from the sun.

Image courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology

For more information on skin cancer detection and prevention, visit the AAD or the Westchester County Health Department on Facebook or Twitter.

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