GREENSBORO, NC – While the month of May is officially known as the Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Angie Byrd's mission is to endorse it throughout the year.
Sunscreen was not an important part of her life at first.
"I was terrible as a young person, I went to the solarium, I put on baby oil, lay in the sun," said Byrd.
She takes care of her husband now, kids and friends use sunscreen on a regular basis and wear them again.
"When we were kids, people wore sunscreen ̵
About eight years ago, she noticed rashes and bumps on her body and started doing skin cancer screenings twice a year.
" It came down a basal cell carcinoma, so that's a skin cancer It does not metastasize, but it can spread on the skin and so we treated it in the office and about half a year later I left back to my investigation and did not get any better, and at that point I had a Mohs operation where they pulled out everything and closed everything I evaluated every six months, "Byrd said.
Byrd has also lost a close friend of melanoma and spreads the news when she hears from people who know her body.
"I think you need to know what your skin looks like If you suddenly have a mole and you do not have one, you need to know It's not up to your dermatologist to know you did not have that," said Byrd.
Christina Braddock, oncology outreach manager, works closely with dermatologists at the Cone Health Hospital. She is also working on the patient contact of the many free cancer screening services offered by Cone Health this month.
"Skin cancer is the most common cancer," said Braddock. "It's the most preventable – if we find it early in the morning, the chance of getting treatment is huge."
Applying sunscreen 30 minutes before outdoor activity and regular reuse is a simple preventive measure.
"The SPF of 15 only protects against 93 percent of UV rays – a 30 protects against 97 percent and a 50, 99 percent," said Braddock.
Rashes that do not fade, blemishes, skin spots or moles or signs of skin changes should be taken seriously Dermatologist Examination or Screening
For a list of forthcoming free cancer screenings, click here.