May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention Month. Moving into the summer months, pharmacists and other healthcare providers are on the forefront of spreading awareness about strategies to prevent skin cancer, which is the most common kind of cancer in the United States.
The primary cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, though tanning booths and sunlamps can also cause UV radiation exposure.
The Mayo Clinic offers this guide for self examination of skin spots. Their ABCDE guidelines recommend looking out for Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color changes, Diameter and Evolving markings.
Interested in spreading the word about skin cancer prevention? This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services includes more info on prevention, and resources like suggested social media posts.