Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers world-class healthcare to residents throughout the greater San Jose community.

Celebrating Skin Cancer Awareness

As summer draws to a close, many families put away their sunscreen. But ideally, skin cancer awareness should be embraced every month of the year and during all sorts of weather. Even on a cloudy day in December, the skin can still sustain damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Practicing skin cancer awareness year-round may help prevent this life-threatening disease from developing. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our team encourages our neighbors throughout the greater San Jose area to take a few simple precautions in order to prevent skin cancer.

Vitamin D

One major misconception about sun exposure is that it’s healthy to get vitamin D through unprotected sun exposure despite the increased risk of skin cancer. But in fact, even a small amount of unprotected sun exposure can inflict serious damage on the DNA of your skin cells. Instead, many healthcare experts recommend getting vitamin D through foods and supplements. Some good food sources include egg yolks, salmon, mackerel, tuna, and dairy products fortified with vitamin D.


It’s recommended that adults have a yearly skin exam from a doctor and that they also perform monthly self-exams. During a self-exam, carefully check your face, scalp, hands, ears, and all other body parts for unusual skin growths, sores, or other changes in the skin. You’ll likely need a family member to help you check certain areas like your back, ears, and scalp. Calling the attention of your doctor to abnormal skin changes can facilitate the early detection of problems.

Warning Signs

Know the ABCDEs of melanoma. This helpful mnemonic stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving. Potentially cancerous moles tend to be asymmetrical; that is, if you draw an imaginary line down the middle, the two sides will not match. They tend to have uneven or irregular borders, a variety of colors or shades in the same mole, and a diameter larger than that of a pencil eraser. They also tend to evolve or change over time.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers a full range of cancer care services, including screenings, surgical intervention, medical oncology, psychosocial and support services, and nutrition services. At our community hospital in San Jose, you’ll also find unparalleled stroke care, breast care, heart health services, and emergency care, just to name a few of our specialty hospital services. For general information about our hospital, call (888) 762-8881 and speak with a registered nurse.