It's that time of year again. . . the kids are out of school, the weather is sunny and just the right temperature, and it's the perfect time to take a vacation to the beach! You start to daydream about how much fun it's going to be, but then you think of some of the risks. What will be the most dangerous? The drive? The sharks in the ocean? What about the jellyfish?
The quietest and most dangerous predator is actually one of the main motivators of going on vacation: the sun.
It's estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime, but don't let the sun slow you down! You can lower your risk of getting melanoma skin cancer and sun damage by following these tips:
These steps can help you have a great vacation while also taking care of your health and future. You can never be too protective of your skin!
The Franciscan St. Francis Cancer Center Melanoma Program in Indianapolis has experts in prevention and radiation expertise. The Cancer Center's Melanoma Program in Indianapolis provides extensive research and clinical trials, less invasive surgical options, a multidisciplinary approach, a melanoma cancer nurse navigator, and offers a second opinion for melanoma diagnosis.
If you are at an increased risk for melanoma cancer, please make an appointment with one of our dermatologists at (877) 888-4422. For a previously diagnosed melanoma cancer, please make a second opinion consult at (317) 528-1420.
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 Inspiring Women: Flourish! enewsletter. Join Inspiring Women today: Call (317) 528-5865.
By Elise Broderick
Community Relations Intern