Skin Cancer Awareness - Who's Got Your Back?
Posted on 04 May 2015
Think applying sunscreen to your own back is easy? In this video, a UV camera quickly reveals all the spots you can miss.
In recognition of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® in May, the American Academy of Dermatology is asking the public “Who’s Got Your Back?” when it comes to applying sunscreen and examining your skin for suspicious spots. In the video above, the American Academy of Dermatology uses an ultraviolet (UV) camera to show just how hard it is to cover your own back with sunscreen. As people attempt to apply sunscreen, the UV camera quickly reveals all the spots they miss, underscoring the importance of asking friends or loved ones for help.
Research has shown that the back is the most common location for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
And remember, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. To protect your skin, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone:
- Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Wear sun protective clothing, with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible.
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
Check your skin regularly for suspicious spots and ask a partner to help check the hard-to-areas. If you notice anything changing, itching or bleeding on your skin, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.