We all look forward to summer. The picnics, beach, warm weather and time off from work are all promising yearly traditions. However, along with the extra strength of the sunshine comes a bit of danger, in the form of skin cancer.
Many people do not realize that skin cancer is the most common of all types of cancer. Each year in the U.S., the American Cancer Society estimates more than 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer; plus over 73,000 who get the most dangerous kind of skin cancer, known as melanoma. Of course, skin cancer is a danger year round, as UV rays do not go away in the winter, especially in heat of southern states like Louisiana. However, the summer months increase the odds of getting skin cancer and melanoma significantly.