Dermatologist explains why May is the perfect time to check in with your skin and prepare your sun protection strategy.
You’ve probably noticed that the media talks about skin cancer and melanoma at the start of May each year. It’s because May is officially Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The first Monday in May is Melanoma Monday. In 2019, Melanoma Monday is May 6th.
Use the media attention to think about your and your family’s skin and how you plan to protect it from UV rays as the weather warms up. May is the ideal time to take stock of your skin and sun protection. The weather is about to draw you outside – weddings, graduation ceremonies, picnics, sporting events, hiking, camping, swimming – it’s all about to happen, and you’re taking your skin outdoors for hours. It’s time to get ready!
I have resources to make this easy.
Step 1: Look over your skin for melanoma.
Enlist a family member to help you see the areas that you can’t, such as your back.
Make sure everyone gets there skin looked over. See my infographic that helps you know what to look for – it’s ABCDE easy!
Step 2: Get a smart sun protection strategy ready.
See my infographic which tells you to cover as much expanse of skin with sun protective clothing and then ASK:
Know your exposure by using a tool like the UV Detecto Ring.