May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!


We've said good-bye to winter and spring, and now summer is finally here!  May is skin cancer awareness month and now is the time to get tested for skin cancer!   There are many resources that offer free skin cancer screenings this month. Take advantage of the free resources and be prepared for the long hot months ahead.

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime! Here are some things to keep in mind before you step out for the day:

Know when you are at risk.  When the sun is out, whether its early morning or the sun is setting, your skin is vulnerable.  Your skin can receive harmful effects from sun exposure even from the sun's reflection and through windows.  Remember this when you are sitting in traffic!  You might not be protected.

Avoid peak midday sun exposure, which falls between the hours of 10am and 3pm.  The UVB intensity is the highest during these times.

Cover up with sun protection clothing.  Retailers such as REI have many options.  I also recommend wearing a sun hat that covers the skin on your scalp, and ears and provides shade for your face.

It's also important to wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes.  The skin around the eye area is the most delicate, and tends to show age and sun damage the fastest.

Use the right sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and a lip balm with SPF.  Reapply as often as necessary, especially if you are exercising or swimming.  Even if you use a moisturizer in the morning with SPF the effectiveness will decrease by the time lunch time roles around so reapply even if you are not at the beach or pool.

Here are a couple of links to find out the nearest dermatologist that is offering free skin cancer screening and also Sun AWARE's blog which covers new information related to tanning and sun protection. and

Have a beautiful day and protect your skin! It can save your life!

Tess Rodriguez, Esthetician at MFX South Congress

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