Protect Your Fun in the Sun
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 850 Nevadans will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin this year—higher than 2018. Amid rising rates of skin cancer and melanoma occurrences nationwide, awareness remains a powerful tool in mitigating the chance of a prospective skin-related diagnosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Patients who notice any unusual skin changes should consult a physician. Those changes may include firm, pale or yellow scar-like areas, red patches that may be itchy or rough, raised growths or lumps or open sores that don’t heal. When you are examining yourself for abnormalities, just remember ABCDE:
- Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half
- Border irregularity: The edges of the mole are ragged or notched
- Color: The color of the mole is not the same all over. There may be shades of tan, brown or black and sometimes patches of red, white or blue
- Diameter: The mole is wider that about ¼ inch
- Evolution: Change over time
Sun Safety Tips:
Below are a few tips to keep in mind when you are enjoying your day in the sun.
- Use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher regularly.
- A sunburn is actually a burn. It can permanently damage your skin.
- Reflected sunlight can burn you, too. Apply sunscreen to areas hit by bouncing rays.
- Clouds don’t help. They won’t reduce UV rays.
- Ball caps don’t protect your ears, back of the neck, or side of the face.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet, lips, hands, and under straps.
Sun Safety Partners
Comprehensive Cancer Centers is proud to offer free sunscreen to residents and visitors throughout Southern Nevada. We are committed to establishing sunscreen partnerships that aim to preserve the health and well-being of the Las Vegas community. Our goal is to use a proactive approach in preventing unnecessary skin conditions.
We have established sunscreen partnerships with the following partners: Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas, Las Vegas Aviators, UNLV Rebel Football, Las Vegas Lights FC, Nevada Cancer Coalition, Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Downtown Summerlin®, Cowabunga Bay and the Cadence master-planned community.
We also established a partnership with Clark County Parks and Recreation to offer free sunscreen kiosks at 45 facilities including rec centers, senior centers, pools and camp sites. Click here for a complete list of locations. Additionally, we work with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) on its annual Summer Heat campaign, donating free sunscreen to protect riders from the effects of the sun’s powerful UV rays and attending outreach events throughout the summer to discuss safety with transit riders.
We also have a long-standing partnership with The PENTA Building Group, providing free sunscreen and skin safety tips for construction workers on sites throughout Las Vegas and California.
To learn about skin cancer and melanoma, click here.