During the month of May at the J, we are working to bring Skin Cancer Awareness to our center.

Did you know more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined? That’s outrageous to think, right? What about this: one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. We don’t like those odds, so that’s why we have composed a list of 12 ways you can reduce your risk of skin cancer.

1. Attend our lecture and presentation, “Skin! Melanoma Research & Cure” on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm.

It’s a free event and it shows your support for J programs! Win-win in our book.

2. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths by all means necessary.

We know it’s hard to resist when you’re headed on a cruise or (regrettably–kidding!) attending a family reunion, but according to the The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel, ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, are a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Yikes!

3. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30–50 every day.

For extended outdoor activity, be sure to put on sunscreen that’s water-resistant.