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Cover Up: Melanoma Monday

1 May

Did you know that too much sun exposure (even tanning beds) can cause skin cancer? So the most important way to prevent skin cancer is to limit your sun exposure. Here’s a catchy, effective phrase created by the Cancer Council’s SunSmart program in Australia –Slip, Slop, Slap. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. There is even a cute video, here.

You can also remember the ABC’s of Melanoma— asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolution referring to moles on your skin.

May is skin cancer awareness month. The American Academy of Dermatology has important information as well as the American Cancer Society. 

Monday May 6 is Melanoma Monday — a day where many places offer free skin cancer screenings. You can call the American Cancer Society number at 1-800-227-2345 to find out if there any screenings in your area. The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital will be offering free skin cancer screenings at two locations. Here’s the information.

The Friday before Memorial Day is designated as Don’t Fry Day — a day to raise awareness of sun safety and encourage steps to protect the skin.

One tip that I can offer is to wear sun protective clothing (SPF). Many companies, like Coolibar, manufacture clothing for the entire family. I’m pictured here in a Coolibar top and hat. I reached out to Coolibar and let them know that I wear their clothing already, and I would do a feature on my blog, in conjunction with Melanoma Monday. They sent me this top and hat. (Full disclosure: I did not pay for the items.) I already have several other tops in my closet as I do water aerobics daily. Notice the wide-brimmed hat for extra protection.

Don’t forget the sunscreen this month and every month!

 

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