May is Melanoma detection and prevention month which provides a great opportunity for parents to assess their own skin-situation while teaching children healthy skin habits. Melanoma is currently the most common form of cancer among young adults and the second most common form of cancer among teens. Skin cancer is on the rise with a staggering number of new cases daily. Tanning beds are one of the main culprits, in addition to overexposure to natural sunlight.
Take the time to teach your children about the value of health over a tan so they don’t become a statistic. And, be sure to practice what you preach! Avoid tanning salons at all costs and always apply sunblock. If a golden tan is a must then fake it with a spray-on or cream. Be sure to check your body regularly for abnormalities and visit your dermatologist if you have any concerns. The American Academy of Dermatology provides information on preventing melanoma, detecting melanoma and what to do if diagnosed with melanoma.
PREVENT. DETECT. LIVE.
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