As we begin to enjoy the warmer weather, it's a good time to remind you about the sun's radiation --- and the most common cancer.
Carla Burbidge has the story in this week's Eye on Health.
Sunscreen every two hours, whether it be spray or cream, avoid the sun during 10-4 if you can, wear a hat, never use a sun tanning booth, words of advice that Dermatologist Dr. Ann Welch shares with her patients.
We may think that because we have short summers in ND, we have less skin cancer here, but that's not true.
(Dr. Ann Welch, Dermatology, Trinity Health) "We are more prone to it, because of heritage, and our way of life, farming, construction, we boat, fish, baseball and golf."
Prolonged sun exposure is a big factor in skin cancer.
In fact, statistics show that skin cancer is increasing among young people.
And tanning beds increase the risk factor for cancer by 75-percent.
Watch out for your kids, you don't want a child under 18 in a tanning bed or getting a blistering sunburn.
(Dr. Ann Welch, Dermatology, Trinity Health) "The cancer compounds itself, and the risk increases."
Three are three types of skin cancer.
Skin cancer can spread quickly.
Watch for new spots, changing spots, or a mark that doesn't heal.
Regular checkups are important, both by your medical provider, and by yourself.
(Dr. Ann Welch, Dermatology, Trinity Health) "Check your birthday suit on your birthday, it's a good way to remember."
There are more than 2 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year.
You don't want to be one of them.
For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.