Play it safe in the sun!
April 2017 is Sun Safety awareness month at the Operators’ Health Center (OHC). Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the U.S.
Skin cancer is highly treatable and curable if found early. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- Changes in the surface of a mole (scaliness, oozing, bleeding)
- Spread of pigmentation (dark coloring) past edge of mole
- Itchiness, tenderness, pain or change in sensation of mole
- A sore that does not heal
Prevention is key. Tips include:
- When ever possible, stay in the shade and avoid the sun for long periods of time
- Use sunscreen and lip balm with SPF of 15 or higher
- Slip on a shirt, wear a hate, wear sunglasses and stay hydrated
- Avoid other sources of UV light (like tanning beds)
- Have regular skin exams and check yourself once a month
- Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming, towel drying or perspiring
Give the OHC a call at 708-485-2273 OR click here to register on the OHC patient portal and schedule your appointment with just a few clicks of your mouse. A member of our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you and speaking to you about sun safety.