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1 in 5 Americans – Skin Cancer Awareness

Summer is officially here in the Pacific Northwest! We are enjoying the warm weather and many of us are planning our vacations. That being said, this also brings to mind sun safety and skin cancer awareness. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Many of us think it won’t happen to me.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation “more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. And one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”

The good news is that this may be preventable! Stay in the shade, cover up with clothing, and wear a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Remember to reapply every two hours and do not burn. It’s also important to mention, avoid tanning beds and see your dermatologist with any questions that you may have.

Now that we have covered the sun safety basics, what are your summer plans? I would love to hear about fun things to do around town. Leave a comment below!

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