Skin Cancer Awareness

Woman with sun burn on her back

Have you checked your skin lately?

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho has one of the “highest rates of melanoma diagnoses and deaths in the U.S.” Because of this, Madison Memorial wants to help you protect your family this summer and every sunny day ahead!

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.

“Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and if not caught early can spread to other parts of the body and can become fatal,” says the website of the IDHW. It is also the most preventable skin cancer because most cases begin with over-exposure to the sun.

The gem state is commonly known for great outdoor recreation opportunities, so preventative care to malignant melanoma is crucial.

Please remember:

  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Use sunscreen always and reapply after swimming, sweating and every 2 hours. (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Protect the skin of infants. (Use clothing, including hats, and shade)
  • Routinely examine your own skin and the skin of loved ones for spots
  • Contact a health provider as soon as possible with abnormalities

Love your skin!

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