In honor of May being National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Awareness month, this week's health tip will help to keep you safe in the hot Hawaii sun. Apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen at least every 2 hours, but more if you're in the water or sweating. Your sunscreen should have at least 7% zinc oxide and be SPF 30.

An annual skin exam is extremely important because skin cancers are very treatable if caught early. Know your ABCDEs of melanoma so you can be proactive and aware of what to look for in a suspicious lesion or mole: asymmetry, irregular borders, multiple colors, diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and evolution, meaning how has the lesion grown, changed; does it itch or bleed? Take pictures and monitor any lesions you are concerned about and show your doctor or dermatologist.

For more information, check out: http://www.skincancer.org. This week's health tip brought to you by Dr. Kristina Roberts, naturopathic doctor at Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona. To contact, please email at [email protected].