This May, we celebrate Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Our medical doctors in direct primary care in Raleigh are standing alongside the Skin Cancer Foundation with the aim to raise the public’s skin cancer awareness. Your skin is the largest organ in your whole body, which is exposed to the outside environment, particularly the sun. Knowing how to take proper care of your skin can help reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.
Skin cancer occurs when there is a rapid growth of abnormal skin cells. It usually affects areas with frequent sun exposure, such as the face, lips, ears, neck, arms, and legs. However, it can also occur in areas that receive little to no exposure to the sun such as the genitals, the palms of the hands, and soles of the feet, as well as the skin underneath your nails.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Every year, 5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the country. In fact, approximately 1 in five Americans are expected to develop skin cancer before their reach 70 years old.
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