Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's May: Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Image by M. Gustafson Gervasi, 2013 -- Keeping Cool in the summer sun

May 8th -- just a typical day for most people, but in my family we celebrate my husband's birth.  So, of course my post today plays off of his years growing up in the Sunshine State -- where "everyone has a dermatologists".

May, the month of my husband's birth is also National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a fact that came to my attention when reading a newsletter from our local hospital.  It offers 9 steps to reduce exposure.  For example, avoid being in the sun during peak hours, 10am - 4pm.  Where clothing that covers your skin, including a hat.  Click here for the complete list of ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Avoiding the sun from 10-4 makes sense, but how practical is it?  I cannot help but remember my summers growing up in Madison, and all of the t-ball practices and games I had smack dab in the middle of the afternoon!

1 comment:

Kristen Dockery said...

Thank you for the tips in this article. I am really cautious with my children because I know how important good skin health is. My mother was recently diagnosed with skin cancer so I know that it's important to protect your skin. http://www.countrysidedermatology.com/surgery#cancer