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Are You Sun Safe?

Are You Sun Safe?

Warmer weather means more time outdoors—and an increased risk of skin cancer. Read on to raise your awareness of the most treatable cancer as well as tips to help protect yourself and your family this summer.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.? According to the American Cancer Society, over 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, it is also one of the most survivable forms of cancer—especially when detected and treated early. Plus, most skin cancers can be prevented with small lifestyle changes.

Here are some important suggestions to keep your skin safe year-round, particularly during these sunny months:

  • Cover up. Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves, a hat or sunglasses that block UV rays. Seek the shade or apply sunscreen before going outside.
  • Early detection of skin cancer is key to prevention. Learn the signs and symptoms of both nonmelanoma and invasive melanoma skin cancers. Know what to look for, so you can perform a periodic self-exam.
  • Don’t overlook any sudden changes to your skin or suspicious spots, and if you do see symptoms of skin cancer, schedule a visit with your physician right away.
  • Educate yourself on common tanning myths. Any form of UV radiation, whether it comes from the sun, a tanning bed or a base tan, can damage your skin and put you at risk for skin cancer.

And, in case you or a loved one is diagnosed with nonmalignant melanoma skin cancer, under your Platinum-marketed policy, the covered diagnosed may receive a cash benefit paid directly to the policyholder. Plus, many Platinum-marketed policies include covered screenings and diagnostic tests, so you can be proactive about the health of your skin this summer.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of your Platinum-marketed policy, call our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team at 1-855-637-6550.