In warmer weather, everyone is looking to get outside and give their skin a good base tan for the upcoming bikini-wearing months.
May, also known as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, serves as the perfect reminder to always apply a healthy layer of sunscreen before heading out for a day at the beach.
By the Numbers
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 5 million skin cancer cases diagnosed each year. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancer cases and 85 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Spread the Word
It is important to spread the word about skin cancer. That is why the Skin Cancer Foundation launched a campaign to emphasize what to look for when inspecting yourself for skin cancer.
The number one thing to look for are any new moles or blemishes that pop up on your body, especially after age 21.
You should always check any existing spots for changes in color, shape, size or texture.
Finally, look for spots that have an unusual outline or continuously itch, hurt, crust or bleed for more than three weeks.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is encouraging people who have been affected by skin cancer to share their story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Just use the hashtag #ThisIsSkinCancer and tag the Skin Cancer Foundation in your post.
You can also share your skin cancer story by submitting it directly to the website.