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Three things to know about skin cancer awareness


Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and the number of cases continues to rise each year, according to the American Cancer Society. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common and often highly curable. Melanoma is more dangerous and causes the most deaths. What can you do to help protect your skin? Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center offers these tips:

1. Make an appointment

If it’s been a while since you have paid a visit to the dermatologist, honor Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May by making an appointment.

“Everyone should do a yearly skin check from their dermatologist for skin cancer,” Malinowski said.

Regular exams by a doctor and checking your own skin frequently can help find many skin cancers early, when they are easier to treat.

2. Wear SPF

The majority of melanoma cases can be linked to ultraviolet rays. Protect skin with the daily use of a sunscreen with an SPF, or sun protection factor, of 30 or higher. Make sure to keep reapplying hourly when in direct sunlight. And don’t forget your lips. Balms with sunscreen are available to shield your lips. You can also limit your exposure to UV light by steering away from tanning beds and avoiding being in direct sunlight too long.

3. Use the “Shot Glass Rule”

Wondering just how much SPF you need to slather on your skin? To adequately cover the arms, legs, neck, and face of the average adult, a good rule of thumb is to apply a shot glass full of sunscreen. That equates to about one ounce.

“People do not use enough,” Malinowski said.

Eterna Med Spa offers several types of sunscreen and can help find the best product for your skin.

Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center : 217 Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, 60404 : 815.254.8888 :