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What Are the First Signs of Skin Cancer?

What Are the First Signs of Skin Cancer?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.

While we don't want this number to scare you from being out in the sun this summer, our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont does want you to take steps to protect your skin!

What Are My Chances of Getting Skin Cancer?

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70. But while the condition is very common, it is also very treatable, when discovered early. 

And the good news is, you can take steps to prevent skin cancer.

Ways to Protect Your Skin

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun's rays are most intense.
  • Seek shade when possible.
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats to add extra protection for your face, ears and neck.

What Is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is defined as the abnormal growth of skin cells. They tend to grow after damage to the skin cells, usually caused by the sun's strong UV rays or the UV rays from a tanning bed. 

Skin cancer is usually treatable when found in early stages, so it's important to keep an eye on your skin for any changes. Seek medical attention if you see anything abnormal.

Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

  • Itchy skin
  • Redness around a mole
  • Skin pain
  • Pigmentation
  • A sore that doesn't health
  • Tender skin
  • Swelling
Do you have a skin wound that won't heal? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Airmont team today to have it checked out.
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