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June Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

June is the kickoff for many summer outdoor activities and also the month for the Skin Cancer Awareness Program, sponsored by the Occupational Medical Service (OMS). This program highlights the relationship between excessive exposure to sunlight and the development of skin cancer.

OMS provides information regarding skin cancer: warning signs, associated risk factors and advice to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. This information is available at OMS Health Units -- Bldg. 10, Rm. 6C306; Bldg. 13, Rm. G904; Rockledge, Rm. 5054; EPN, Rm. 103 and Federal Bldg., Rm. 10B08.

OMS will present two videotapes showing the appearance of skin cancer, ways to treat it and reduce the risk of developing it. They will be shown in the main OMS unit in Bldg. 10 every Wednesday in June at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Learn about skin cancer and its causes; avoid being one of the almost 7,000 Americans killed each year by skin cancer.

For the safest approach to fun in the sun, remember: sunscreens can provide some protection against skin cancer -- NCI recommends sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher for the best protection; use of sunscreen products may give a false sense of security, as prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays may still accelerate the development of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer; the safest approach is to limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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