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13 May

National Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Be proactive!

National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer, the most common of all cancers, accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the U.S. According to The American Cancer Society, more than 3.5 million cases are diagnosed annually. Melanoma, the most serious form, occurs in approximately seventy six thousand people, causing more the 9,500 deaths.   

The American Cancer Society makes it easy to remember how to help prevent skin cancer with four words: slip, slop, slap, and wrap.
•    Slip on clothing. Try to cover as much skin a possible.  
•    Slop on the sunscreen. The Sun Protection Factor should be at least 30.
•    Slap on a hat.  A ball cap is ok, but a wide brim hat is better. You need something to not only to keep the sun off your face and head, but off your ears and neck too.
•    Wrap the sun glasses. They should offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Taking skin preservation to the next level, the apparel industry is now incorporating sun protection into fabrics. When you buy an article of clothing, check the label for the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), which gauges a fabric's effectiveness against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and UVB light. A UPF rating varies from 15 (good) to 50+ (excellent).  

How does UPF apparel protect your skin?

•    Construction - Apparel constructed with tightly woven fabrics keep damaging UV light from the skin-- if you can see through it, UV light can get through it.
•    Fabrics – Both lustrous polyesters and shiny silk can be highly protective. Shiny or lustrous semi-synthetic fabrics reflect more UV light than matte ones.
•    Color – Apparel made with light-colored fabrics reflects UV light.  
•    Care - You can actually add a SPF additive to your wash. An additive like SunGuard can add up to 30 UPF into every garment and the protection lasts up to 20 washes.*

As summer is quickly approaching, make sure to be proactive with your skin protection. Keeping the “slip, slop, slap and wrap” method in mind, always keep a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and UPF garments close by.

To learn more facts and preventative measures you can take against skin cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.



Mickey Lovingood is a Business Development Coordinator on our Healthcare Business Development Team. She has more than 15 years’ experience in customer relations and sales.

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