Patients Rising offers tips and strategies to stay sun safe.
Skin Cancer DOES NOT Discriminate
- 1 out of 5 Americans will get skin cancer,1 and although melanoma incidence is higher in caucasians, the 5-year survival rates for African Americans (78%) is significantly lower than that of caucasians (92%).2
- 65% of those with skin of color feel they are not at risk for skin cancer.3
- 62% of African Americans have never worn sunscreen.4
- Only 17% of those with skin of color have had a skin check by a dermatologist.5
Play by The Rules!
- Seek shade from 10 am to 2 pm
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
- Wear the right amount of sunscreen (1 oz.)
- Get annual skin checks
Know The ABC’s of Melanoma
If Any Mole Shows Signs of One of the Following, It Should Be Examined Promptly:
- Asymmetry When half of the more or lesion does not match the other
- Border Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined, uneven edges.
- Color Varied from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.
- Diameter Larger than 6mm as a rule (diameter of a pencil eraser)
- Evolution/ Elevated Melanomas usually change in size, shape, or color over a short period of time. Ordinary moles stay the same size, shape, and color for many years.
Top 10 Safety Tips for Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Thirty minutes before going outdoors, apply a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Use a ping-pong-ball-sized amount of sunscreen (1 ounce) to cover your entire body.
- Cover your lips with a sun protective lip balm that contains an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Check expiration date on your sunscreen and remember that if you are using sunscreen properly, it should not last more than one season.
- Seek shade whenever possible.
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat (preferably at least 2 inches with a back flap) instead of a baseball cap to help protect your face, ears, and neck.
- Protect your eyes with UV-protective sunglasses.
- Wear sun protective clothing (for example, tightly woven cotton) including long pants and long-sleeved shirts as often as possible.
- Completely coat all exposed areas of your face and body. Don’t forget the ears, neck, nose, shoulders, and the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
- Re-apply every two hours–even on a cloudy, overcast, or cool day. If you are going to be swimming, make sure to re-apply as soon as you get out of the water.
- American Academy of Dermatology.
- Wu XC, et al. Racial and ethnic variations in incidence and survival of cutaneous melanoma in the United States, 1999-2006. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011;65:S26-37.
- Kim M, et al. Perception of skin cancer risk by those with ethnic skin. Arch Dermatol 2009;145:207-8.
- Pichon LC, et al. Sun-protection behaviors among African Americans. Am J Prev Med 2010;38:288 –95
- Imahiyerobo-Ip J, et al. Skin cancer awareness in communities of color. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011;64:198-200.
- Imahiyerobo-Ip J, et al. Skin cancer awareness in communities of color. J Am Acad Dermatol