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Skin Cancer Awareness: Protecting Your Skin from the Sun

Now that the sun has returned from hibernation, it’s a great time to raise awareness about skin cancer and the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. At Fairview Range, we prioritize your health, and one crucial aspect is ensuring you are informed about skin cancer and equipped with the knowledge to safeguard yourself.

Understanding Skin Cancer

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells grow abnormally and uncontrollably due to exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning booths. Shockingly, one out of five people will develop skin cancer by the time they reach 70, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

There are three primary types of skin cancer:

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  3. Melanoma


Let’s delve into each type:

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): This is the most common type of skin cancer, characterized by irregular reproduction of basal cells in the skin’s top layer. BCC can manifest in various forms, including unhealing sores, glossy lumps, red or pink areas, or scars with raised edges and a central dent. Vigilance is key in spotting new growths or persistent marks on the skin.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): SCC develops in the midsection and outer layer of the skin. While rarely fatal, untreated SCC can lead to long-term complications. Symptoms include hard, red lumps, unhealed scaly sores, or elevated red areas on sensitive areas like the mouth, anus, or genitals.

Melanoma: Considered the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma typically appears in existing or new moles. It presents as oddly shaped lesions that differ from your regular moles and dark spots. Early detection and treatment significantly improve outcomes.

Preventing Skin Cancer

Prevention is paramount in reducing the risk of skin cancer. Here are some simple yet effective preventive measures:

  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30-15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Limit outdoor activities, especially midday when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats and UV-protective clothing.
  • Avoid tanning beds altogether, as they emit harmful UV radiation.


Routine Skin Exams

Regular self-examination of your skin can aid in early detection. Conduct a monthly check for any unusual moles or marks on your body. If you notice a suspicious mole that exhibits any of the ABCDE signs of melanoma—it’s crucial to consult your dermatologist promptly.

  • Asymmetry
  • irregular Border
  • varied Color
  • large Diameter
  • Change in size, shape, or color Evolution


Skin Cancer Screenings at Fairview Range

At Fairview Range, we offer simple and fast skin cancer screenings. Early detection significantly enhances the chances of successful treatment. If you notice any concerning signs or changes on your skin, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. To schedule a screening or consultation, call 218-362-6937 or visit MyChart.

Your skin health matters, and by staying informed and proactive, you can minimize the risk of skin cancer and enjoy the sun safely.


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