How you can prevent and detect skin cancer
The Skin Cancer is Color Blind Newsletter includes prevention tips, such as:
- Wear sun-protective clothing.
- Seek out the shade.
- Put on sunscreen.
- Get Vitamin D through dietary sources or supplements.
- Avoid tanning beds.
Because skin cancer may be painless or otherwise not bothersome, you may not notice it unless you look for it. ASDS encourages monthly self-exams and annual screenings to help prevent skin cancer and detect any unusual areas as early as possible. Many ASDS members offer free skin cancer screenings throughout the year.
Members of ASDS are experts in treating all skin types, and you can find a dermatologic surgeon near you to get checked. Always talk to a doctor if you have concerns about your skin. If you have any new, growing or changing moles, growths or sores, or if you notice spots that are painful, itch, burn, bleed or are otherwise bothersome, have them checked by a board-certified dermatologist immediately.
To view some skin cancer photos, please see our Skin Cancer in People of Color photo gallery.