Texas ranks third in the nation for malignant melanoma which is the deadliest of all skin cancers.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. According to the Texas Medical Association, the odds of developing skin cancer in Texas are increased with one in three Texans developing some form of skin cancer.

Though skin cancer is the most common form of cancer it is also the most preventable cancers. Most skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) that comes from the sun.

Here are some quick tips and tricks to keep you and your family safe while being in the sun this summer:

  1. Avoid the intense sun, especially between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  2. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. When doing extended outdoor activities use an SPF of 30 or higher with water-resistant. Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and then reapply every two hours.
  3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds
  4. Cover up. Wear brimmed hats, sunglasses, long clothing.
  5. Examine your skin. Look head to toe for moles and spots every month.
  6. See a physician every year and have them perform a professional skin exam.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, help spread the word and inform those around you to stay safe this summer.