Skin cancer deemed most common cancer in Texans

This June 30, 2014 photo shows a family playing in the surf (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You might want to consider grabbing some sun screen before braving the Texas heat this summer.

Dermatologists say skin cancer is the most common cancer for Texans. Saturday, May 14, doctors are offering a chance to get tested for skin cancer for free. 

The cancer screenings are from 8 a.m. to noon at the University Medical Center Brackenridge, 601 E 15th St. Healthcare workers say you don’t need insurance to qualify for the screening.

On their website, Dr. Matthew Fox said, “Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young people, but screenings can help identify any suspicious lesions before they potentially develop into cancer.”

People will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. The screening takes approximately 15 minutes. This initiative is raising awareness for National Skin Cancer Awareness month.

However, you don’t have to let the fear of skin cancer keep you form enjoying some fun in the sun; the Skin Cancer Foundation has tips to protect yourself from harmful rays:

  • Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear one of those large glamorous sun hats to keep your face protected
  • Grab some UV blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
  • If your outside, apply sunscreen head-to-toe every 30 minutes

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