The CareGiver Partnership Recognizes National Cancer Control Month with Tips for Preventing and Recognizing Skin Cancer

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April is National Cancer Control Month as designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As we support those fighting cancer and work toward controlling the disease, The CareGiver Partnership offers tips for preventing and recognizing skin cancer.

Reduce skin cancer risk with three easy tips.

If you are fair and have a family history of melanoma, your risk for skin cancer is even greater.

The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of incontinence products and other home health care supplies, chooses National Cancer Control Month to remind the public that skin cancer rates rise with age and that prevention and early detection save lives.

“Spring is an ideal time to remind readers of the importance of taking steps to prevent skin cancer and to closely monitor any changes to the skin,” says Dianna Malkowski, physician assistant, nutritionist and professional adviser for The CareGiver Partnership. “No matter what your age or where you live, these three tips can lower your risk of skin cancer.”

  •     Avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those who must be outside should stay in the shade, especially the elderly who are at greater risk for heat-related illness.
  •     Liberally applying broad-spectrum sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher at least 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, even on overcast days.
  •     Shading head, face, ears and neck with a wide-brim hat and sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

“Skin cancer symptoms to look for include any growths or changes to skin, especially in the size or color of a mole. Any spread of pigmentation, scaling or bleeding, or tenderness or pain should be reported to your doctor,” says Malkowski. “If you are fair and have a family history of melanoma, your risk for skin cancer is even greater.”

Malkowski says that in addition to sun protection, seniors managing incontinence should take extra steps to gently cleanse and protect skin against rashes, infections and ulcers, using products formulated for aging, injury-prone skin.

Skin cancer, the most common of all types of cancers, occurs in people of all ages, according to the American Cancer Society. Rates increase with age and are highest among those in their 80s. When melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, the survival rate is as high as 97 percent, which is why it’s important to prevent and detect.

For more information on summer skin care and cancer prevention, along with hundreds of other articles of interest to seniors and caregivers, visit The CareGiver Partnership blog.

Dianna Malkowski is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Mayo Clinic trained nutritionist specializing in diabetes, cancer, wound healing, therapeutic diets and nutrition support. She serves on the board of professional advisers for The CareGiver Partnership and enjoys working with patients and caregivers alike.Ask Dianna a question.

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