May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Not to hound you but it is SKIN CANCER AWARENESS month and we want you to protect yourself and still enjoy the great outdoors.
Here are a few quick facts to help motivate you:
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
  • 90% of non melanoma Skin cancer (basal and squamous cell) are directly associated with UV exposure from sun.
  • 1 person dies from melanoma every hour in the US.

The northwest has the highest incidence of melanoma (due to our outdoor lifestyle but also the misguided sense that we don’t need sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day in Oregon – UVA penetrates through clouds, which is the most damaging wave length and also aging to the skin.)

Be sure to check your skin regularly for anything that doesn’t go away, new or changing, especially something pigmented.

Here is what to look for.

We are also available to check your skin so give us a call if you have any concerns or just want to schedule a routine checkup.  Enjoy the outdoors but be smart!  Even if you haven’t been good to your skin so far, it is never too late to start.