Real Men Wear Gowns: Don't forget your sunscreen

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and our own Craig O'Neill shows us the importance of getting your skin checked out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and  almost twice as many men die from skin cancer as women.

If there was ever a perfect spokesperson for this month, it would be our own Craig O'Neill.

Putting on makeup to do your job means you look at your skin three or four times a day. At age 66, he is always finding new barnacles on his skin. So he decided he needed an inspection.

“At your age this is cumulative sun damage for years and you're more likely to have a skin cancer through all the sunlight in all those years,” said Dr. Dwyer.

As the doctor continued searching, Craig thought back on all those years outdoors in Arkansas.

From catching monster fish on Lake Overcup in the dead of winter. And the beach, oh my gosh, all those trips to the beach. And 48 years of special events.

No matter how old you are the doctor said an exam like this takes 10 minutes or less. And it is absolutely necessary.

“Because it's not uncommon for us to have someone come in and have no idea they have a skin cancer. And sometimes it's a melanoma so you've basically saved that person's life by finding that melanoma,” said Dr. Dwyer.

Craig passed the inspection, but he did confess that he had put this visit off for at least two decades. He told Old Man O’Neill to come see him again in 2020.

Dr. Dwyer said you should have anything checked out that seems to be changing or growing.

This is important to keep in mind:  every year, there are more new cases of skin cancer, more than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.

That’s a major reason Real Men Wear Gowns…and don’t forget your sunscreen. 

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