Trinity nurse talks about skin cancer, dangers of

By Hillary Kenyon

Published 07/24 2014 05:44PM

Updated 07/24 2014 05:45PM

July is not only the heart of the summer, it's also U.V. Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention month.

Judy Howell is a nurse navigator at the Trinity Cancer Center.

She talks to us about everything from sun tanning to types of skin cancer, and the use of tanning beds.

"Tans are showing sun damage.  It is not healthy.  It is not a glow.  It's leather damage to your skin.

It's the largest organ in the body and we're having more exposure whether the ozone layer is not, we're losing some of the ozone layer and tanning beds.

There are 3 different types of skin cancer.  The most commonly diagnosed is basal cell cancer, and then you go to squamous cell cancer.  Both of those are very curable, if treated early and then the 3rd, most deadly, form is skin cancer is melanoma.  It is highly treatable if found early, but that's the key.  You've got to find the melanoma early.

Things you look for with a lesion, it's important to do self skin checks and there's literature out there that can show you how to do a thorough skin check, a dermatologist is your best bet to be evaluated by a dermatologist regularly.

No sunscreen protects 100 percent, protects you from the UVA or UVB rays. If you're using something with the 30% S.P.F. you're going to protect yourself from about 97% of the UV rays.

There is no safe tanning bed.  If they are marketing that they have a safer tanning bed, that is false marketing.   Never, ever, ever, use a tanning bed.  They're dangerous.  That's why the melanoma rates are going up.  It's faster intense UV rays than what you get in the sun."

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