May Is Skin Cancer Detection And Prevention Month

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Skin Cancer Prevention

May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. By taking a little caution before you step outside, you could prevent skin cancer as you age. The sun's rays beckon most of us this time of year. After being cooped up all winter, we are anxious to be outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.

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"Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States," said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). "More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in the United States, with more than 90 percent of those directly related to overexposure to the sun."

Yet, everyone can take some common sense steps to protect themselves from the sun and prevent skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following skin protection options:

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