Summers in north Florida are well known for being long, humid and hot, with an abundance of sunshine to brighten the days! Indeed, one of the things seniors enjoy most about Florida retirement living is our wonderful sunny climate that makes it perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. With summer well underway, it’s a perfect time to consider your “fun in the sun” time and ensure you’re taking the proper steps to protect yourself on sunny days.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, impacting over five million people each year. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Skin cancer develops when skin cells are unable to repair themselves properly or grow out of control.
Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun or tanning beds is a common cause of melanoma. When UV radiation attacks these cells, it triggers genetic defects that cause the skin cells to grow rapidly. The tumors can resemble moles, with some instances of melanoma developing from moles. It’s also possible for melanoma to appear as a spot, sore or lesion.
Since melanoma can look like any other mole on the body, it’s important to know when you should be concerned about changes in your skin. Dermatologists have developed a checklist for melanoma symptoms known as the ABCDEs. If you notice any of these, please speak with your doctor as soon as possible.
Melanoma can develop in any person at any age. However, as we get older, the risk of melanoma increases. Fortunately, thanks to research and early detection and prevention, melanoma can be spotted and treated early. Here are some ways to lower your risk for skin cancer and melanoma:
If you’d like more information on what to look for while choosing sunscreen, please read this helpful article, Your Sunscreen May Be Killing You, by John Nicely, our staff pharmacist at the Village Pharmacy in Copeland Medical Center. For more information about senior living options at Advent Christian Village, please contact us to schedule a tour of our thriving community in Live Oak, Florida.