With Skin Cancer Awareness Month upon us, it is our hope at Willow Massage + Spa to inform you of the risk of skin cancer and to encourage you to take precautions to avoid this common and deadly form of cancer.
Studies show that about 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. In fact, Melanoma is responsible for about 75% of all skin cancer deaths. It’s the second most common form of
cancer for adolescents and young adults (15-29 years old). One American dies of melanoma almost every hour*.
Take Precautions… especially in the hot Arizona sun!
Avoid sunburns. Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds. UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.
Use Sunscreen. Generously apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply at least every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.
Cover Up. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed
hat, and sunglasses with 99-100% UVA/UVB protection, when possible.
Seek Shade. Seek shade when the sun’s UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Watch for the UV Index. Pay attention to the UV Index when planning outdoor activities to
prevent overexposure to the sun.
These are just a few tips and are not meant as medical advice. For more tips on avoiding skin cancer and the risks of melanoma, visit the cancer.org website here.