The summer sun can bring a lot of fun, but protecting yourself while boating, fishing, or at the beach is as important as ever.
“It’s the most common type of cancer in the US. Over a million new cases are diagnosed each year,” said Dr. Bill Admire with Infirmary Health.
There are three types os skin cancer, the most serious, and most well known is melanoma. Admire said the hours of 10am-4pm are when you are most at risk, and now-a-days sunscreen is a must.
“You want to apply at least a half an hour before you go out in the sun. If you are going to be sweating or exercising, or in the water, you want to re-apply every two hours,” Admire said.
It’s also important to know what the UV Index. The Ultra-Violet Index is a measurement of the strength of the sun’s radiation at a particular place. Fox10 News meteorologist will alert you when the UV Index is expected to be high. Anything over 10 is considered an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Protect yourself now, but also, check yourself now.
“I think everyone should have a skin screening their entire body looked at because it’s not just the sun exposure areas that can become cancerous, it can be the area that don’t get sun exposure,” said Admire.
Admire said places like the palms of your hands or nailbeds are places that dermatologists often check. May is skin cancer awareness month, with many places offering free screenings.
Here’s a look at some of them going on in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
Thursday, May 22nd:
Gulf Coast Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center 1:00-4:00pm
29653 Anchor Cross Blvd
Daphne, AL 36526
Haley Dermatology 4:00-6:00pm
202 Rock Creek Pkwy
Fairhope, AL 36532
Friday, May 23rd:
Cancer Surgery of Mobile 9am-Noon
3 Mobile Infirmary Circle
Mobile, AL 36607
Otolaryngology Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, P.C. 9:00-11:00am
Infirmary Eastern Shore
7101 U.S. 90