The Rideout Cancer Center acknowledges May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Free Sunscreen and Important Information available.
Thanks to the generosity of dermatologist Jenine Tanabe, MD, beginning May 17, the Rideout Cancer Center, 618 5th Street, Marysville, has FREE skin lotion/sunscreen available, while supplies last.
The Cancer Center will also provide a brochure that describes skin cancer, self-examination techniques and prevention to people who stop by.
Both items are available at the Cancer Center reception desk, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm beginning May 17.
According to the National Cancer Institute the following steps can help reduce your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer:
• Sunscreens are rated in strength according to a sun protection factor (SPF), which ranges from 2 to 30 or higher. Those rated 15 to 30 block most of the sun’s harmful rays.
• Whenever possible, people should avoid exposure to the midday sun (from 10a-3p)
• Keep in mind that protective clothing, such as sun hats and long sleeves, can block out the sun’s harmful rays.
If you are concerned about your risk for skin cancer, you should discuss this topic with your physician. The American Cancer Society as well as the American Academy of Dermatology provide credible online information about self examination, risk factors and more.