With 1 million cases of squamous cell skin cancer (SCSC) and 4.3 million cases of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) each year, it’s important now more than ever to engage in conversations about how to prevent and treat skin cancer early. SCSC and BCC are the most common types of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and case numbers are increasing each year due to increased UV radiation exposure from the sun as well as early detection efforts. Over 7000 people die from SCSC alone each year, which is comparable to death rates from kidney cancer, head and neck cancer, and melanoma. However, skin cancer is also very preventable, and with sun safety and early detection practices, you can learn how to keep your skin safe! Read more to learn about what you can do to prevent skin cancer and how you can raise awareness for others.
Properly applying and reapplying sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to keep skin cancer at bay. Make sure to follow these steps whenever you plan on being outdoors, even if it is just for a short time:
To read more about ways to stay safe in the sun, visit our sun safety information page here https://skincancerinfo.org/sun-safety/.
Luckily, skin cancer is very treatable if caught early. Knowing how to perform skin self-examinations can help you to find suspicious spots on your body to be examined by a doctor. Early detection is key in avoiding the need for drug treatment later. Grab a standing mirror and a handheld mirror and follow these steps to perform a skin check on yourself today:
To view more detailed instructions, visit our early detection page here https://skincancerinfo.org/early-detection/.
If you are living with skin cancer, our website provides many resources to improve the treatment and outcomes of skin cancer. Below are a few links to pages on our website to help you find the specialists you need, and answer any questions you have about treatment:
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