May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Spreading Skin Cancer Awareness & Answers in Odessa, TX

Did you know that May is National Skin Care Awareness Month? It’s true. In honor of this important month, we’re doing our part to spread awareness as well as answers.

According to Cancer.org, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers diagnosed in the United States every year.

Sadly, more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will likely account for more than 76,600 cases of skin cancer in 2013.

Are you familiar with the most common risk factors for skin cancer? Here they are:

  • Unprotected exposure or excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), which is most often the result of using indoor tanning beds.
  • Being a natural redhead or blonde, which often means having pale skin that easily burns.
  • A relative that has had or has skin cancer.
  • Multiple or unusual moles.
  • Severe sunburns in childhood and adolescence.

If you have any of these risk factors, it’s extremely important to know the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, since early detection is key.

  • Any sudden change in the skin, particularly moles that are changing in size and color, or the growth of a new mole.
  • Oozing or bleeding moles or spots on the skin.
  • Dark coloring that spreads beyond the border of a mole.
  • A mole or spot that is itching, tender or causing pain.

We sell a variety of UVA and UVB sunscreens and sunblocks that can help prevent sun damage and may be able to prevent skin cancer. Stop by our offices today to let our aestheticians determine which is right for you. Call 432.640.6470 or email info@mchlaserandwellness.com.