May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Protect Your Skin in the Sun
It's never too late to begin protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Minimizing sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin damage, including many types of skin cancer. Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute encourages you to follow these tips year-round to enjoy the sun safely and help prevent sun-related skin problems:
- Avoid the strongest sun rays of the day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Follow the shadow rule. If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is at its highest intensity. Seek shade!
- Wear protective clothing when possible. A wide-brimmed hat shading your face, ears and neck; sunglasses with UV absorption to protect your eyes and surrounding skin; and long-sleeved, tightly woven clothing that you cannot see through when held up to the light can help block harmful rays and serve as a line of defense against sun exposure. Cotton and linen fabrics are smart choices for hot weather.
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more about 20 minutes before going outside to allow time for the active ingredients in the sunscreen to reach the protection level. Reapply every two hours or at the first sensation of tingling or burning. Don't forget to apply on cloudy or overcast days too!
- Apply a lip balm with at least SPF 15 on your lips.
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
- Avoid artificial tanning devices. UVA rays from tanning beds and sun lamps are 20 times stronger than natural sun, and can damage your skin. Consider using a sunless self-tanning product as an alternative.
Remember, skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. If you notice a suspicious mole, sore, or skin growth, or any bleeding on your skin, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.
Melanoma Center supports legislation to ban minors under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning beds in Pennsylvania (House Bill no 369). Members from the Center testified in front of a judiciary committee……read more.
The Melanoma Center continues to facilitate phase I, II, and III clinical trials of new therapies in its quest to find a cure. Please contact us for information about current clinical trials.
The Melanoma Center Skin Oncology Program includes a multidisciplinary clinic for the treatment of melanoma. The Skin Oncology Program's goals include clinical care, research, education, and community outreach.
The Melanoma Center's research goal is to unravel the biology and signaling pathways involved in melanoma tumor development to develop the next generation of therapeutic agents to treat this disease.
For more information on the research and clinical activities of the Center, click here
As part of the Melanoma Center's ongoing efforts to advance and support translational research to find the cure, the Center announces the availability of funding to support projects. The funds available were raised through the Annual Chocolate Tour fundraising effort. For more information on the funds available and how to apply.
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