Health Holiday Skin Cancer Awareness Month - Dermatology

ARC Dermatologists advise you on Sun Safety

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, and the ARC Dermatology team reminds you about protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Living in Austin makes staying out of sun a hard thing to do…especially for people like us, people who enjoy all the outdoor activities that this area offers. But with a little effort, you can still have fun outside while also protecting yourself from the sun’s damaging effects.

Here are 4 few quick facts that may surprise you:

    • Today, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
    • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
    • An estimated 73,870 new cases of invasive melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in the US in 2015.
    • 1 in 50 adults will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime.

Almost all skin cancers are preventable. Here are 10 rules to follow to protect you and your family.

    • Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m
    • Do not burn.
    • Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
    • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
    • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
    • For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
    • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
    • Keep newborns out of the sun.
    • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
    • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Following these rules will help to ensure that you have a safe and sun-protected summer, and all year round.

Your ARC Dermatology Team

Steven Rasmussen, MD
Danny Kiang, MD
Amy Mason, MD
Josephine Quintanilla-Dieck, MD
Jay Viernes, MD

Haven’t gotten your skin checked? Make an appointment with an ARC Dermatologist online or by calling 512-272-4636.

Check out these resources to learn more about skin cancer safety:

Tags: Dermatology, Melanoma, Skin Cancer