eyes on cancer

Last year, 18/8 La Jolla partnered up with the Eyes on Cancer organization to start fighting back against skin cancer; particularly melanoma. After completing an intensive training program, all of our stylists are now officially certified to look for the early warning signs of potentially fatal melanoma. Through early detection and increased awareness, our goal is to reduce the fatality rate of melanoma and other types of skin cancer. And this May, we are honoring Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, gender or age. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime – so the chances of a stylist finding it on a client’s face, head, or neck is high. Luckily, advanced melanoma is highly preventable. Knowing how to detect it and understanding the warning signs are key to preventing its development.

About 86% of melanomas and 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which is why embracing proper sun protection is critical year round. You’ll reduce your skin cancer risk and help prevent wrinkles, leathery skin, and brown spots.

Follow The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Prevention Guidelines to stay sun-safe this year:

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10am-4pm
  • Do not burn
  • Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam

There are 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer each year, so the chances of a stylist finding it on a client’s face, head, or neck is high. We are dedicated to detecting and preventing melanoma

To learn more about the Eyes on Cancer organization, visit their website.

At 18/8 La Jolla, we care about more than just your hair – we are dedicated to your wellbeing. Book an appointment with one of our trained stylists or give us a call at (858) 216-4188