May is Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month!

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles, blotches or spots on your skin. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it's found and treated early!

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department is proud to participate in Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month! During the month of May, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage by taking these simple steps today to protect your skin:

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes.

For more information on skin cancer prevention strategies, visit or Be sure to follow us on Facebook at and stay tuned for a series of webinars offering child care centers, recreational facilities and outdoor workers easy-to-implement skin cancer prevention tactics!

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on May 17th 2017.