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Protect your skin this National Skin Cancer Month

May 14, 2020 posted by Vidant Health News

While it may not be the typical start to the summer due to COVID-19 getting outside to exercise, play and work around the house are practical, safe ways to stay active.

It is also important to focus on safety while enjoying the outdoors, and May is National Skin Cancer Month. Vidant Cancer Care Outreach Coordinator Nikki Hyatt, RN, said there are many preventative measures that can reduce the risk of skin cancer.

“Some of those rays can actually burn you very quickly,” Hyatt said. “Even if you’re going to be outside for 15, 30 minutes, an hour, depending on how harsh the UV Rays are that day, we recommend wearing that sunscreen anyway.”

Skin damage is caused by ultraviolet-a and -b rays. Other than using sunscreen, staying in the shade can help limit the impact of these potentially harmful rays. For those who work outdoors, it is especially crucial to think of your skin and stay well protected.

Being out in the sun is not the only time you are at risk for developing skin cancer. Hyatt also warns of the use of tanning beds and the potential harm they can cause.

“There is proof in research that tanning beds do increase the risk for skin cancer and melanoma,” Hyatt said.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world. It’s quite possible that you or someone in your family will experience a skin cancer diagnosis sometime during your life, so it’s important to know the facts. Vidant is committed to giving those we serve the resources to stay safe and healthy.

“The more we bring preventative measures to the community, the better off our community will be,” said Hyatt.

Find more information on skin cancer.

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