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May Is Skin Cancer Prevention & Awareness Month

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May Is Skin Cancer Prevention & Awareness Month

The CCMG Family Medicine & Primary Care Clinic offers healthcare for people of all ages in Gillette, Wyoming. Our providers feel strongly that preventive care is the best way we can take care of our bodies. With the following info from the Skin Cancer Foundation we want to help our patients prevent skin cancer.

Skin cancer prevention requires a comprehensive approach to protecting yourself against harmful UV radiation.

That’s because UV radiation from the sun isn’t just dangerous, it’s also sneaky. Not only can it cause premature aging and skin cancer, it reaches you even when you’re trying to avoid it – penetrating clouds and glass, and bouncing off of snow, water, and sand. What’s more, sun damage accumulates over the years, from prolonged outdoor exposure to simple activities like walking the dog, going from your car to the store, and bringing in the mail.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you:

  • Seek shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  • Don’t get sunburned.

  • Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad- spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.

  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months.

  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

  • See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.


Campbell County Medical Group stands with the Skin Cancer Foundation this month, and all year long to help prevent skin cancer. Has your skin changed or do you feel you are at risk for skin cancer? Checking in with your Primary Care Provider is a great place to start. Give us a call at 307-688-1000.


Image Credit: Skin Cancer Foundation

Article Source: Skin Cancer Prevention
  • Category: Campbell County Medical Group Family Medicine