Friday, May 30, 2014

Top 10 Tips to Prevent Melanoma

With Melanoma awareness month here in full swing, I thought I would share my Top 10 list of things you can do not only to prevent melanoma, but help us increase awareness.  Here they go:


 10. Wear black this coming Monday, which is "Melanoma Monday" and post your picture on any social media outlet explaining that you are helping promote melanoma awareness. (Black is melanoma's "color" like pink is breast cancer's.)

9. Share our page on FB with your friends, so they can learn helpful and useful information about melanoma.

8. Learn more about melanoma, how it starts, how it spreads, and how to prevent it by going here:

 7. Join the Thunderclap movement and help spread worldwide attention for melanoma May 20th.

6. Tell at least 3 people about melanoma this month and how to prevent it!

5. If you live in the Boise area, sign up for the Run for Dunn, which is June 1st. The proceeds from the run help Sol Survivors.

 4. Say NO to tanning! This includes tanning beds and laying out to get a tan. Any kind of "color" to your skin albeit a sunburn or a tan is a sign of DNA damage in your skin cells, which can lead to skin cancer.

 3. Know the ABCDE's of melanoma--Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution and perform a self-skin check once a month. If you notice any moles that have any of these signs, see below! To learn more go here:

2. If you haven't been to the dermatologist in over a year, schedule an appointment to get your skin checked! This alone, could save your life. And schedule one for your spouse!

1. With summer coming up, the best thing you can do to promote awareness and prevent skin cancer including melanoma is to COVER UP. That means, wear your SPF 30 broad spectrum (preferably zinc oxide based) sunscreen and make sure to REAPPLY liberally every 2 hours, avoid long exposure in the sun, seek shade when possible, and lastly, wear protective clothing including hats and sunglasses! Prevention is key since almost all melanoma is entirely preventable!

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