How you can take action during skin cancer awareness month

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Dr. Francis Kerdel and his associates at Florida Academic Dermatology Center take great pride in helping patients stay healthy, especially when it comes to their skin. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it's time for patients to educate themselves on this condition and how to prevent it. Now is the time to take action and be proactive in protecting yourself and your loved ones from skin cancer.

How can I take action during Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

Below are a few ways in which you can protect yourself and your loved ones from skin cancer and educate yourself on what you need to know for early detection and action:

  • Wear sunscreen every day. Sunscreen is your best defense against skin cancer, so make sure you wear it every day, no matter what time of year it is. Look for a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Get a skin check. If you haven't had a skin check in a while, now is a good time to schedule one. A dermatologist can examine your skin for any signs of cancer and recommend any necessary treatment.
  • Educate yourself about skin cancer. The more you know about skin cancer, the better equipped you'll be to protect yourself from it. Make sure to read up on the different types of skin cancer, their symptoms, and the treatments available.
  • Spread the word. Talk to your friends and family about skin cancer and how they can protect themselves from it. Share this article with them, or bookmark it so you can refer to it later.
  • Make a donation. If you can't attend a fundraising event, you can always make a donation to a skin cancer charity or foundation. This is a great way to help support the cause and raise awareness.
  • Check your moles. Take some time throughout the month to check your moles for any changes in size, shape, or color. If you notice any changes, consult your doctor right away.
  • Avoid tanning beds. One of the biggest risk factors for skin cancer is tanning beds, and they should be avoided to protect your skin.

Learn more today!

Call the Florida Academic Dermatology Center of Coral Gables, FL today at (305) 324-2110 to request an appointment for a skin cancer screening during the month of May!

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