I’m ready to #GetNaked, are you? That’s the question the Melanoma Research Foundation is asking as they encourage everyone to be proactive and perform self exams regularly, checking your own skin for changes. After all, you know your skin best.
According to the Foundation, more than half of all melanomas are detected by everyday people, not medical professionals. And that’s simply due to the fact that people take notice of new or changing features in their own skin as well as the skin of loved ones.
They suggest a plan that’s as simple as 1-2-3.
- Don’t Be Afraid To GetNaked. (Find out how to perform a skin self exam.)
- Check Your Skin – Regularly.
- Talk To Others. (Ask others to help you monitor a mole in a hard to see place.)
In addition, to performing self exams, be smart everyday when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun and ultraviolet exposure.
- Wear sunscreen daily and makeup doesn’t count as a substitute.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses.
- Don’t forget to wear a hat to shield your head and face from the sun’s rays.
- Avoid tanning, but never expose your skin to the rays of artificial sources such as tanning beds or tanning lamps.
- Schedule regular appointments with a dermatologist. Have a professional monitor skin changes and treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.
Did you know finding a suspicious mole or spot and having it checked out by a professional is considered one of the most important steps to preventing melanoma? You have a job to do – #GetNaked.