Skin Cancer Knowledge - And Sunscreen - Can Save Lives - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Skin Cancer Knowledge - And Sunscreen - Can Save Lives

Posted: Updated:
Reporter Rusty Surette gets his first skin cancer exam. Reporter Rusty Surette gets his first skin cancer exam.
Eddie Hembree worked in an oil field for 20 years and has to keep a close eye on his skin. Eddie Hembree worked in an oil field for 20 years and has to keep a close eye on his skin.

Rusty Surette, News On 6

When it comes to your body, sometimes you need to do a little detective work in order to live longer. With summer in full swing, we want to show you the best way to stop skin cancer.

You won't see too much skin, but what you will see is how easy a screening can be. You'll also find out what you should be looking for right now on your own body.

The first thing we did was fill out a form that asks some basic question. It was step one in a surprisingly short skin cancer screening.

My first ever.

First, here's what you should know about skin cancer.

  • It can affect one out of every five people
  • At most risk are those with fair skin, red or blonde hair and light-colored eyes.
  • Also at risk are those who spend a lot of time in the sun.

Some like Eddie Hembree of Perry.

"I've had surgery on my neck, front and back, on my arms," Hembree said.

Eddie grew up on a farm in Perry, worked in an oil field for 20 years and now has a daily reminder of how sinful the sun can be. His doctor says it's important for all of us to be able to detect skin cancer in its early stages.

"When melanoma is caught early, it's curable," said Dr. Tiffany Brazeal of St. Anthony Dermatology.

"It's when it's not caught early and it gets deeper into the skin, it has the chance of spreading to other parts of the body."

Here are some warning signs to look for.

  • If any of your spots have one half that looks different from the other.
  • If it has an irregular or poorly defined border.
  • If you have a mole that has a variety of shades or colors
  • Or if your mole is evolving in either size, shape or color.

Now, back to my test. The doctor found a lot of maybes - but thankfully, nothing to worry about. But doctors say even if you can't get to their office right away, a monthly self-exam may be enough to save your life.

Doctors say when you're out in the sun, make sure you're using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.