It's Melanoma Awareness Month. Here are five tips to keep you protected

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) We are about half way into May which is melanoma awareness month.

Here are some five tips to prevent skin cancer:
1.) In order to protect yourself from UV rays you should always use sunscreen.

Try looking for one that has an SPF higher than 30.

Also, sunscreen expires in about a year so make sure to throw out the one from last year.

2.) Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses when you leave the house.

It can protect the skin around your eyes and face.

3.) Try wearing a long sleeved shirt and pants.

This one can be difficult for those on the western slope considering how hot it gets, but it can help with all over protection.

4.) If you notice a suspicious spot, go to a board-certified dermatologist.

5.) Look for spots that change in size, shape, or color overtime.

Another warning sign is if the area is itching or bleeding.

For Melanoma Awareness Month UV camera stations will be set up throughout.

A UV camera can help see warning signs of skin cancers.

Here are the upcoming events.

Monday, May 13, 2019, 11a-6p @ Ed Bozarth Chevrolet

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 10a-2p @ Clifton Community Hall

Friday, May 25—Sunday, May, 27, 2019, 9:00am-3p @ Suplizio Field

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10a-2p @ Chipeta Golf Course Monday

June 3, 2019, 10a-2p, @ Palisade Veteran's Memorial Park

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