How to Prevent Skin Cancer

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Dermatology SeattleDo you worry about getting skin cancer? Maybe you’ve had skin cancer before and you’re concerned about a reoccurrence? No matter the reason behind your concern about skin cancer the truth is that there are many things that you can do to prevent it. Here are just a few of the most powerful things that you can do to keep skin cancer as far away from you as possible

Start out by examining your skin regularly. Every month or 6 weeks, look over your entire body. See if anything has changed. If you notice any new spots, any larger spots, or any spots that look different than the last time that you checked your skin, it’s time to see a doctor. This can help you catch pre-cancerous growth before they have time to develop into full-fledged cancer. Try to put these skin checks on your calendar so that you do not forget to do them.

A huge percentage of skin cancer is related to exposure to the sun. This means that, if you can limit your sun exposure, you can drastically reduce your chances of getting skin cancer. If you have children or are involved in the lives of any children, teach them to do this early. Early skin damage can cause cancer later on, even if a person gets more careful about their sun exposure as they get older.

Limit your sun exposure by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These are the hours where the UV rays are the strongest, and these are the rays that are most likely to cause cancer. If you are in the sun during these hours or any others, make sure that you do not burn. You can cover up with clothing, including a hat and sunglasses that block UV rays. You can also use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Make sure that you avoid tanning beds and tanning booths. These concentrate the UV exposure that your skin receives, which makes it more likely that you will develop skin cancer later on. Many people seek these out in the winter months or when they cannot be outside to get a natural tan. However, these are never safe.

There’s no such thing as a base tan. Many adults were taught, when they were children, that the best thing you can do for your skin is to get a bit of a tan early in the summer. People said that this would protect you later on. However, this does not actually prevent skin cancer. In fact, and he said exposure, even that which causes this base tan, can cause skin cancer later on.
If you have any questions about something that you find on your skin, call us at Dermatology Seattle. We are a dermatology clinic dedicated to helping people like you eliminate their skin cancer. We will look at your skin and let you know what we find. We will perform any tests necessary, and let you know what needs to be done if we find any pre-cancerous spots.