ALERT: 1 in 5 Americans will Develop Skin Cancer
witf.org, | 06.25.14
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. In fact, one in five Americans will develop it in their lifetime. Exposure to UV rays, especially between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the summertime is the main risk factor Time spent out in the summer sun increases your risk for skin cancer and deadly melanoma.
There are three basic types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell. All skin types are at risk for cancer, but people with lighter skin and freckles and light hair and eyes more susceptible. Men over 40 are at the highest risk. Although melanoma accounts for 2% of skin cancers, it is the most deadly: one person dies every hour from melanoma. Melanoma is the leading cancer that kills young adults.
To prevent skin cancer be sure to always wear sunblock above SPF 15. Also, remember that tanning outdoors more than 20 minutes at a time is a bad idea. Avoid indoor tanning. When outside, stay in the shade and cover up with a hat and sunglasses.
Michelle Shriner, an Oncology Nurse Navigator at WellSpan Health’s Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg appeared on Smart Talk to discuss skin cancer.
Michelle Shriner, an Oncology Nurse Navigator at WellSpan Health’s Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg