Monument Health gives recommendations for skin cancer prevention

As the summer approaches, Monument Health officials have come out with a few recommendations to prevent skin cancer.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — May is Skin Cancer Awareness month.

The experts at Monument Health say one-in-five Americans will develop a skin cancer by the age of 70.

During this month, physicians drive home the importance of getting screened for the most common types of skin cancer. If you’re not sure what to look for, Monument says use the ‘Ugly Ducking Rule.’

“That means that we all kind of have our own spots on our skin and a lot of them look like each other,” said Dr. Kirstin Hockhausen, a Dermatologist of Monument Health. “But when we have that one spot that stands out, it catches my eye. It’s catching your neighbor’s eye. That’s the “Ugly Duckling” spot and that’s something that needs to be evaluated.”

With summer approaching, Dr. Hockhausen strongly recommends putting on sunscreen, at least SPF 30. She also recommends protective clothing, including hats or long sleeves during the summer.

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However, Dr. Hockhausen says even if you’re not in the sun a lot, it’s important to check out areas of your body you wouldn’t suspect.

“There definitely is, you know, looking for those changing spots, growing spots, and you can’t assume because that has never seen sun, that it’s not a skin cancer,” Dr. Hockhausen said.

Dr. Hockhausen also recommends:

  • If you’re out and about, seek shade.
  • Looking out for sores that are not healing and keep scabbing over for two to four weeks.
  • When looking at moles, look at the ABC’s of Melanoma. 
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