The best treatment for skin cancer is to prevent it. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are a few habits you can adopt to prevent skin cancer and premature aging.
Make sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside. Use at least 2 tablespoons of SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen applied to your entire body. Be sure to reapply at least every 2 hours, especially if you’re participating in outdoor activities, such as swimming.
Tanning, whether outdoor under the sun or indoor in a bed, is just as dangerous and harmful as a sunburn. If you regularly tan, stop immediately.
Even if you apply sunscreen all over your body, there are still areas that need extra coverage, such as your scalp, lips, or eyes. Wearing coverings, like UV-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses, add another layer of protection to those sensitive areas. Don’t forget your lips – use a lip balm with SPF to prevent sun damage.
During the middle of the day, from 10 AM to 4 PM, the sun’s UV rays are most intense. Try seeking shade or staying indoors during this time to prevent sun exposure.
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Once a month, give yourself a head-to-toe check-up and look for any developing growths, as recommended by dermatologists. Seek immediate help from a medical professional if you notice any new or changed growths.
Once a year, visit a board-certified dermatologist for a professional skin check. During the appointment, the dermatologist can check hard-to-see areas and closely examine any areas of concern. A biopsy can be performed if any concerns arise, as well as discussing your options and next steps.
Skin cancer is a serious concern, but with a few lifestyle changes and tips, it can be easy to prevent. To meet with our team and learn more about Sunrise Dermatology, call or fill out our online form.
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