It’s that special time of year in Indianapolis – May – which means racing, festivities, and checkered flags! Each Friday in May, we will participate with the rest of the city and wear black and white.
Beyond the festivities of the Indianapolis 500, May is melanoma/skin cancer detection and prevention month. In the United States, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun not only causes wrinkles and sunspots, it is also the main cause of skin cancer. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it is found and treated early.
Westfield Premier Physicians is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month not just in May, but 365 days a year. At your physical each year, we make sure to check you skin and are happy to see you anytime for new spots or areas of concern. Join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage by taking the following steps to protect your skin:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
- Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
- Check your skin regularly for changes.