May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month
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May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month


well we all know spring is officially here and while spending time outside in the Sun is great especially after a long winter medical experts say we do need to make sure we’re protecting our skin may in fact is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation more than five million cases of the disease are diagnosed every year making it the most common cancer in the country dr. Michael Ramada a plastic surgeon in the Flathead Valley says preventative skin care should start early children in people over 60 are at a higher risk for sun damage and suggest sunscreen over SPF 30 and reapplying every two hours for everyone but people in those age groups especially people have questions on what to look for of course the doctor does have a trick that doctors used to identify skin cancer or suspicious moles ABCD so asymmetry a for asymmetry B for irregular borders C for color change and D for diameter so anything greater than about the width of a pencil eraser we say you know needs to be paid attention to he also suggests those with lighter skin and hair should be wearing hats to shield their face from harmful UV rays those with a family history of skin cancer should also see their dermatologist for a skin check every year

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