Melanoma Monday spreads skin cancer awareness

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Updated: 5/05/2014 8:54 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- As summer time nears experts want to remind the community to be safe when enjoying the outdoors. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and Monday, May 5th is Melanoma Monday. Melanoma Monday is meant to promote early detection and prevention fro melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

A great way to remember how to take the proper precautions for skin cancer prevention is the 5 S's.

Slip on a shirt or sun protective clothing.

Slop on sunscreen with a substantial SPF rating, at least 15-30 with both UVA and UVB protection.

Slap on a hat, the wider the brim the better.

Seek shade or shelter during peak sun exposure times, generally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Slide on sunglasses to protect the eyes.

Kristen Power with Nevada Cancer Coalition says whether you're in the sun for 30 minutes or 3 hours sunscreen is key to protecting your skin. Power tells News 4 that any SPF 15 or over is what to look for when purchasing sunscreen. Especially in places like Nevada where we expect sun about 300 days a year. Regardless if it's sunny or overcast sunscreen is always important when exposed to UV radiation.

In Nevada it's estimated about 470 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and those Nevadans about 70 will die from the disease. According to the American Dermatological Association one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. 

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