May is "Melanoma Awareness Month" and Hampton Sun® is here to help you become more educated on skin cancer and how to protect yourself.
Here at Hampton Sun®, our top priority is the well being of your skin. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and it causes a higher number of deaths than any other form of skin cancer. Awareness is the key when it comes to protecting yourself against melanoma, and knowing the early physical signs is important. Since May is “Melanoma Awareness Month,” there’s no better time than now to become better educated on what melanoma is, how to identify it, and how to treat it.
Skin cancer starts in melanocytes, which are the skin cells in charge of making your skin brown and tan. The cancer develops as these cells start to multiply and replace normal, healthy skin cells. What makes melanoma more dangerous than the other skin cancers is that it can easily spread to other parts of the body, including the bones. Like every other type of cancer, melanoma has stages or grades (0, 1, 2, 3, and 4) that indicate how advanced the growth of the cancer is. The lower the stage or grade, the more similar the cancerous cells are to the normal ones. The stage or grade also indicates which treatments should be used to treat the cancer.
How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from melanoma? By taking a few simple precautions, all of which start with limiting the exposure to the sun. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays can trigger mutations in the DNA of skin cells, particularly the gene that controls cell growth. Staying in the sun without the proper protection or using tanning beds can cause these mutations, which leads to cancer. Protecting yourself with broad spectrum sunscreens, like Hampton Sun’s® Continuous Mists, is crucial. Newborns and babies are at a higher risk. Using gentle formulas like our SPF 45 For Baby is a great way to keep your little ones covered this summer. Never assume you can go without SPF, no matter how cloudy or covered you feel, the sun is always penetrating the atmosphere and sunscreen is a must in the battle against melanoma.
After proper sun care, the next most important step in melanoma prevention is to pay attention to your skin. Examine yourself head-to-toe once a month and visit a dermatologist once a year. Early detection is key!
Protect yourself all month long with luxurious Hampton Sun® sunscreens!