May is skin cancer awareness month

Facts about skin:
  • Skin is the outer covering of the body.
  • It is an organ. Some other examples of organs are; heart, kidney, brain or liver.
  • Skin is the largest organ in or maybe better said on the body. It covers the entire visible surface of the body including hair, fingernails, and toenails.
  • Simply put, the function of skin is to hold your body together, protect you from the outside world, and help to maintain your body’s temperature.
  • Skin has two main layers, the outer layer called epidermis and the inner layer called dermis.

Skin care tips: Your skin needs to be taken carefully care of.
  • Wash with warm (not hot) water and a mild soap.
  • After washing gently pat your skin dry.
  • Apply moisturizer if your skin is dry.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Don’t smoke.
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer. Every year health care providers diagnose millions of cases of this disease. There are different types of skin cancer, the most dangerous is Melanoma. Most of the time, skin cancer is caused by too much exposure to the suns ultraviolet rays, or artificial tanning booths. Because we better understand these risk factors we now know some skin cancers can be prevented.

  • Stay indoors or seek shade: Between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Sitting under a tree or using an umbrella is a good way to get shade.
  • Wear protective clothing: Wear a cover-up or a tee shirt. Light weight long-sleeved shirts and long pants may be best.
  • Wear a hat: A hat with a wide brim will cover more of your face.
  • Use sun screen/sun block: Choose a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher, one that blocks both UVB and UVA rays. Your sunscreen should be put on 30 minutes before you go outside and needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Conduct self skin exams (parent’s can do these exams on their children).

Click on the site below to view information on self skin exams

Please always notify me of any new health issues your child may have, including medication they may be taking at:

781-314- 5684 (phone)

781-314-5752 (fax)


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Thank you,

Cathy Vieira, M.Ed, R.N

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