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May 11, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Nienow

Nodaway County Health Department offers advice to detect skin cancer

May is skin cancer detection month. Nodaway County Health Department Registered Nurse and  Health Educator Kathryn Hawley says the first step in detecting if you may have skin cancer is going to a dermatologist.

She also says doing a self-exam can be just as helpful. Looking for moles that may be asymmetrical, have jagged edges, have discoloration and may be large in diameter are some signs to look for. Hawley says people need to be aware of ultraviolet rays. Hawley says some ways you can prevent skin cancer is by checking out the UV index before you go outside, by covering up or seeking shade while you are outside and by applying sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15.

For more information, email kathrynhawley@nodawayhealth.org