Did you know that it is estimated we get over 300 days of sunshine per year here in Denver, Colorado! Although there is no shortage of Vitamin D in the Mile High City, all this sunshine can make us more susceptible to skin cancers. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we want to make sure you are protecting yourself!
One area that most people often forget to protect is their lips! It is estimated that approximately 3,500 skin cancers of the lips are diagnosed each year. Most commonly the lower lip is more susceptible due to its exposure to the sun. We are all aware of how to protect ourselves against skin cancers but most of us are unaware that the lips are just as susceptible.
How can you protect your lips?
1. Make sure you apply lip balm containing sunscreen and apply at least 5-6 x day. (Great News! Our Cottonwood Dental Group house chapstick contains SPF 15)
2. Wear a hat on sunny days.
3. Find shade. While being in the sun is needed for adequate Vitamin D, don’t over do it! Too much of a good thing isn’t always the best idea.
4. Make sure to see your Highlands Ranch Dentist at Cottonwood Dental Group for your biannual check up which includes an oral cancer examination. Additional VELscope examination may be recommended. Check out our previous blog on VELScope here.
Want to read more on skin cancers of the lip? Check out The Skin Cancer Foundations website here.
Call our Highlands Ranch dental office today to speak with one of our outstanding team members at 303-694-9740 today! And don’t forget to schedule your biannual check up with Dr. DeLapp or Dr. Parsons!