Health Matters

Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Protect Your Skin

Guest: Dr. Don Briscoe

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Dr. Don Briscoe, associate professor of clinical sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine tells us how to protect our skin and reduce our risk.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. While more likely in lighter skinned people, skin cancer can occur in anyone. The biggest risk for skin cancer is sun exposure, especially at early ages. The earlier you start protecting yourself and your loved ones, the better.”

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Avoid direct sunlight in the middle of the day.
  • Use a sunscreen with a protection factor of 15 or higher and reapply frequently.
  • Wear protective clothing when outside.
  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Know your medications as some can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
  • Report any new or changing moles or skin growths to your doctor.

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