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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

By Glissandra @glissandra

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US? Over 3.5 million skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the US alone. Current trends suggest that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

At Glissandra, we’ve dedicated over two decades of research to developing our advanced anti-aging products. During this time, skin health has always remained our number one priority. Schisandrin B, the potent natural compound that forms the basis of our key ingredient, has been scientifically proven to help protect skin cells from harmful UV damage. Click here to learn more about Schisandrin B.

Early detection of skin cancer is critical in increasing the survival rate, and education plays a significant role in helping us find and treat skin cancer while it is still curable. That’s why we’d like to share some key facts about skin cancer so that we can fight this deadly disease together.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells.

There are two classes of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form. You may also have heard of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These are the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer.

What causes skin cancer?

Skin cancer develops when the cell’s DNA becomes damaged and cannot be repaired by the body. Exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer. Unfortunately, if you have a family history of skin cancer, the likelihood of developing the disease yourself is higher – but you can make simple choices to protect yourself.

How can I protect myself?

  • Avoid tanning beds. There is absolutely no legitimate reason to put yourself in such danger. If you insist on achieving a sun-kissed glow, consider less harmful alternatives, such as sunless tanning products and spray tans. (But be sure to follow directions, as these come with their own risks.) The best option is still to embrace your natural beauty!
  • Stay out of the sun when its rays are the strongest (between 10am and 4pm). If you must be outdoors, seek solace in the shade.
  • Wear clothing that protects your skin, hair, and eyes. Think long-sleeved tops, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and glamorous sunglasses. You’ll look smart and chic at the same time.
  • Apply a water-resistant sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to do this at least twenty minutes prior to sun exposure and every two hours after. This is important even on cloudy days!
  • Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are taking, as they may make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.

How do I check my skin?

Because the damage occurs on the surface of the skin, it is generally detectable in the early stages. Conducting self-examinations on a regular basis is important.

An easy way to remember what to look for is to use the ABCDE’s of melanoma:

  • A: Asymmetry
  • B: Border
  • C: Colour
  • D: Diameter
  • E: Evolving

If you notice any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibiting one or more of these signs, contact your dermatologist immediately. Don’t feel embarrassed if it ends up being a false alarm; it’s better to be safe than sorry, and it just may save your life.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The AAD provides this handy guide to performing thorough skin exams.

Learn more

The American Academy of Dermatology recently launched a new public awareness initiative. The SPOT Skin Cancer campaign’s tagline, “Prevent. Detect. Live”, encourages people to be pro-active in taking care of their skin health. We encourage all of our members and friends to visit the AAD’s website to learn more.

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