Important Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Betsy Peppel, coordinator of Wellness Education at Harrington Hospital gave a very interesting (but somewhat scary) presentation about skin cancer and skin care.  Betsy reviewed the three types of skin cancer and what to look for on our skin.  Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers with sun exposure causing at least 90% of all skin cancers.  Unfortunately, as we age, our chances of getting skin cancer increases.  Betsy reviewed the ways we can protect ourselves while in the sun and urged us to get anything checked that appears unusual on our bodies.  The majority of skin cancers are treatable and curable ‘if caught early’.  Sunscreen rated at least SPF 30 is best to use often and generously.  Members took turns sitting at a machine she had brought that detects skin damage on the face.  While we have all heard that we need 15 minutes of direct sun each day to get vitamin D, anything longer is dangerous.  From now on, we’ll all be more aware and cautious while out in the sun.

Bill is having his face checked for skin damage.

Bill is having his face checked for skin damage.

Betsy and President Austin

Betsy and President Austin.