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Cancer Care Newsletter Thursday, July 30, 2015

National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As the days heat up, think about what the sun does to your skin

Facts about Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with more than two million new cases diagnosed each year. Up to 50 percent of Americans who reach age 65 will have some type of skin cancer. It's also increasing in young people. Read more here.

Doctors Urge Routine Skin Screenings

Adults and children should be screened routinely for changes in the appearance of their skin, experts advise.

One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime, Mount Sinai doctors cautioned. Although skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, it's also one of the most preventable. Find out how by clicking here.

Summer Sun Exposure Quiz

Hot weather, clear skies, and extra leisure time in the summer mean that many people spend hours in the sun. Lengthy sun exposure can raise the risk for skin cancer if you don't take steps to protect yourself.

Upcoming Events

May 12    Ready to Wear Fashions
May 23   Tea for Mammograms
June 12   I Can Cope - Cancer Support Group

An Eye on Sunshine

Sunglasses are an important weapon in the fight against skin cancer and cataracts. Chronic exposure of the eyes to sunlight increases the risks of cataracts and skin cancers of the eyelid. Health experts estimate more than 10 percent of cataracts suffered by Americans are UV-related. Wearing sunglasses that block 99 percent or more of UV radiation can help reduce the risk. Sunglasses that wrap around the sides of your head offer better protection. Be sure you sunglasses block both UVA and UVB rays.