With summer around the corner, it is important to remember to practice proper sun protection and understand the risks of skin cancer - the most common type of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 2 million new skin cancers will be diagnosed this year alone.
The odds of developing skin cancer increase with age. Other risk factors include having fair skin that freckles, a family history of skin cancer, and more than 50 moles. However, the most preventable cause of skin cancer is excessive sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure (both natural and artificial) has been proven to be the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. To help minimize your risk of skin cancer, Silver Cross Hospital suggests the following tips:
“To help detect skin cancer at an early stage, become familiar with your moles and birthmarks,” said Dr. Jessica Kappelman, dermatologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Then, every month, check your entire body in the mirror for skin changes, including your back, scalp, and feet. A handheld mirror can help ensure a thorough self-exam.”
In honor of National Skin Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Jessica Kappelman, dermatologist, will provide screenings the following Thursday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register here to attend or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Screenings will be held at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.