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Skin Cancer Screening

According to the American Cancer Society most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some of this exposure may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps, but most of this exposure comes from the sun. When skin cancers are caught early, they’re generally not a major problem to your health. But when skin cancers are caught at later stages, they have a higher risk associated with them.

Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun.

Who should be screened for Skin Cancer?

Everyone should perform monthly head-to-toe self-examination of their skin.¹ Everyone, regardless of their history with skin cancer, should protect themselves year round.

How do I protect myself from UV rays?

Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, “Slip! Slop! Slap!®and Wrap” is a catchphrase that can help you remember some of the key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slop on sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and skin around them
¹ Skin Cancer Foundation

The USPSTF recommends:

  • Counseling young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children about minimizing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types to reduce their risk of skin cancer.
  • That clinicians selectively offer counseling to adults older than 24 years with fair skin types about minimizing their exposure to UV radiation to reduce risk of skin cancer. Existing evidence indicates that the net benefit of counseling all adults older than 24 years is small. In determining whether counseling is appropriate in individual cases, patients and clinicians should consider the presence of risk factors for skin cancer.
  • Current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of counseling adults about skin self-examination to prevent skin cancer.

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