Spot Skin Cancer

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville
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As we celebrate our Nation’s Independence on July 4th, many folks will be outside at picnics, parades, and other events. Summer is in full swing and we are all spending more time outside.

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans is likely to develop skin cancer in their lifetime? Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of skin color. I am fair in color, have spent lots of time in the sun during my life, and have not always protected my skin the way I should. Because I know I am a prime candidate for skin cancer, I have an annual visit with a dermatologist for a skin cancer check.

You can do a self-examination. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on your skin, so you must be thorough and may need to ask someone for help to check hard-to-see spots. Be sure to include a check of our scalp, between your toes, and the soles of your feet. If you come across any new spots on your skin, or any spots that may have changed, may be itchy or may bleed easily, make an appointment to see a dermatologist to get checked out as soon as possible. Skin cancer is very treatable when it is diagnosed early.

“Prevent, Detect, Live” is the motto for the American Academy of Dermatology campaign called Spot Skin Cancer. To learn more about skin cancer visit their website

Now, before you go out and enjoy all the July 4th activities, don’t forget to protect your skin by using sunscreen.

Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!