Keep Your Skin Safe!


  • With 3.5 million diagnosed cases in the US
  • 2 million people diagnosed annually
  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.
  • It is one of the most preventable cancers as well

ABCDE rule:

  • Asymmetry: One part of a mole or birthmark doesn’t match the other.
  • Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
  • Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
  • Diameter: The spot is larger than ¼ inch across – about the size of a pencil eraser.
  • Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color

2017-06-02_17-55-10Other things to look for:

  • New spots or moles
  • Any spot that doesn’t look like others on your body
  • Any sore that doesn’t heal
  • Redness or new swelling beyond the border of the mole
  • Itching, pain, or tenderness
  • Oozing, scaliness, or bleeding

If you are experiencing any of these, talk to your pharmacist or reach out to your doctor to make an appointment. The earlier skin cancer is caught the better.


Prevention Techniques

  1. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen SPF 15 or higher every day. For outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.
    Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body:

    30 minutes before going outside.
    Reapply every 2 hours. immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  2. Avoid UV tanning booths
  3. Cover up with hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas.
  4. Seek the shade, when the sun is strongest 10 AM – 4 PM.
  5. Examine your skin once a month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam.